The project dates back to July 2013 when, just as Coogler’s debut “Fruitvale Station” hit theaters after touted premieres at Sundance and Cannes, MGM tapped Coogler, now 28, to direct the film and co-write with Aaron Covington.
Sylvester Stallone reprises the role of Rocky Balboa, with “Fruitvale” star Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and real-life boxers Tony Bellew and Andrew Ward rounding out the cast. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, son of world heavyweight champ Apollo, who heads to Philadelphia and starts a mentorship under Rocky (Stallone), his father’s close friend and fierce rival.
Filming began in January 2015 in England and wrapped in Philadelphia, where the crew converted an empty store into a boxing gym. Warner Bros. releases “Creed” stateside on the awards-friendly date of November 25, 2015. “Creed” is produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who produced the original 1976 Best Picture-winning “Rocky,” Sylvester Stallone and Kevin King Templeton.
While “Fruitvale Station,” which depicted the last day in the life of Oscar Grant who was killed by a police officer at an Oakland BART station in 2009, scored at Sundance and Cannes, it failed to land Oscar nominations. But it picked up plenty of critics’ kudos and proved an arthouse hit at the box office for The Weinstein Company.
Read Coogler’s THR interview here.