Creed III, the third installment in the Michael B. Jordan-led spinoff series of the Rocky franchise, premiered earlier this month to a spectacular premiere; made nearly $59 million in the United States and more than $100 million internationally, more than any previous Rocky-related film to date.
That success has not gone unnoticed. Deadline reported on Thursday that Amazon, which recently acquired MGM, the company behind the Creed series, is reportedly in talks with Jordan about the possibility of expanding the Rocky/Creed universe with other related projects, including – and predictably – an anime series.
Those familiar with Jordan’s career will note that this isn’t the first time the actor-director has been involved in an animated series. From 2019 to 2021, he served as an executive producer and voice actor for the sci-fi mecha series Gene: Lock. He has also provided vocal and motion capture performances for the animated sci-fi anthology series Love, Death & Robots.
However, the future of the RCEU (or “Rocky-Creed Extended Universe”) doesn’t just stop at Adonis Creed. The report suggests that a project centered around Adonis’ daughter Amara, played by deaf actress Mila Davis-Kent, is just one idea emerging from rapid development. And as was announced in July 2022a spin-off film based on Rocky Balboa’s former Russian nemesis Ivan Drago is also in the works at MGM, with a script written by Robert Lawton (Sex & Sushi, To long for). While you can imagine an offshoot of Drago being reworked into a series (à la 2018’s Cobra Kai), Deadline notes that the intention remains to see the project released as a movie, though only the script has yet to be commissioned.
With all this talk of the Creed spin-off franchise expansion, the obvious question now concerns the future of the larger Rocky franchise and whether series creator and former star Sylvester Stallone will have a role in the series, either on or off. -screen. According to a report published by Variety on March 3, Stallone chose not to appear Creed III — the first time in nine films and 47 years that he hasn’t appeared in a Rocky-related project — due to his objections to the film’s creative direction and his ongoing acrimonious relationship with the franchise’s longtime producer Irwin Winkler.
Be that as it may, we can at least hope for the opportunity to see Adonis Creed shadow-clone jutsu-boxing its way to screens sometime in the near future.