Creed 2 Script: How Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker Wrote a Knockout Sequel
Creed 2 is the eighth installment in the Rocky franchise and the sequel to the 2015 hit Creed. The film follows Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of Apollo Creed, as he faces off against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Apollo in the ring 33 years ago. Under the guidance of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Adonis must overcome his personal and professional challenges to defend his title and honor his father's legacy.
The script for Creed 2 was written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker, based on a story by Sascha Penn and Cheo Hodari Coker. Stallone, who created the Rocky character and wrote or co-wrote all the previous films, returned to pen the sequel after Ryan Coogler, who directed and co-wrote Creed, was unavailable due to his commitment to Black Panther. Coker, who is the showrunner of Marvel's Luke Cage, joined Stallone as a co-writer after impressing him with his knowledge of the Rocky mythology and his vision for the characters.
In an interview with Collider, Coker revealed some of the challenges and inspirations behind writing Creed 2. He said that he and Stallone wanted to explore the themes of family, legacy, and redemption in the film, as well as pay homage to the previous Rocky films. He also said that they wanted to humanize the villains, especially Ivan Drago, who was portrayed as a cold and ruthless machine in Rocky IV. Coker said that he drew inspiration from films like The Godfather Part II, The Empire Strikes Back, and Unforgiven, as well as from his own personal experiences as a father.
Coker also praised Stallone's writing skills and collaborative spirit, saying that he learned a lot from working with him. He said that Stallone has a knack for writing memorable dialogue and creating emotional moments that resonate with audiences. He also said that Stallone was open to feedback and suggestions, and that they had a lot of fun writing together.
Creed 2 was released on November 21, 2018, and received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The film grossed over $214 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the Rocky franchise. The film was also nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Stallone.
Creed 2 is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Rocky saga and the power of storytelling. The film proves that a sequel can be both a tribute and a continuation of a beloved story, and that a script can be both a craft and an art.
Creed 2 is not the end of the story for Adonis Creed and his family. Creed 3 is already in the works, with Michael B. Jordan returning as the star and director of the film. Jordan will be making his directorial debut with Creed 3, following in the footsteps of Stallone, who directed four of the Rocky films. Jordan has expressed his excitement and gratitude for taking on this challenge, saying that he has learned a lot from working with Stallone and Coogler.
The plot of Creed 3 is still under wraps, but some details have been revealed by the cast and crew. Jordan has said that the film will explore Adonis' life outside of the ring, as well as his relationship with his wife Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and their daughter Amara (Sirena Irwin). Thompson has also teased that Bianca will have a bigger role in Creed 3, and that her music career will be a part of the story. The film will also feature the return of Phylicia Rashad as Adonis' mother Mary Anne, and Wood Harris as his trainer Tony \"Little Duke\" Evers.
The main antagonist of Creed 3 will be Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors), a former friend and rival of Adonis who challenges him for the title. Majors, who is best known for his roles in Lovecraft Country and The Last Black Man in San Francisco, has said that he is honored to join the Rocky franchise and to work with Jordan. He has also hinted that his character will have a complex backstory and motivation, and that he will not be a typical villain.
Creed 3 is scheduled to be released on March 3, 2023. The film will be distributed by MGM domestically and by Warner Bros. internationally. The film will also be available to stream on Prime Video on April 7, 2023, but only as a rental or purchase option. Prime Video subscribers will have to wait longer to watch it for free as part of their subscription.
Creed 3 is one of the most anticipated films of 2023, and fans are eager to see how Jordan will continue the legacy of Rocky and Creed. The film promises to deliver more thrilling boxing action, emotional drama, and inspiring messages about family, legacy, and redemption. a474f39169