Why Ryan Coolger won’t direct Michael B. Jordan in ‘Creed 2’

Director Ryan Coogler attends the ‘Black Panther’ BFI preview screening held at BFI Southbank in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Coming off of the runaway success of Black Panther fans couldn’t wait to see the dynamic duo of Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler to reunite for the Creed sequel.

But apparently that won’t happen for Creed 2, Ryan Coogler explains on Variety’s Playback Podcast.

Although it was rumored that the Black Panther director’s schedule was just too jam-packed to put Creed 2 on his plate, Coogler reveals on the Variety podcast that his feelings about the movie runs deep and it’s hard for him to detach from his personal connection to it.

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Ryan Coogler said: “Creed was about my dad and me, so it’s a movie that I find difficult to watch. It’s difficult for me to even think about it, I’ve got so many emotional ties to it, not to mention you know how much I care about the people involved. I care deeply for Mike, obviously, deeply for Tessa, and I grew incredibly close with Sly in making that. These are people that I wanna see do well and win at all costs.”

While Coogler won’t be directing the second installment of the hit spin-off from the Rocky franchise, he believes in his replacement, Steven Caple Jr, will do a great job helming the sequel.

“I think it’s a blessing that it’s going, man. It’s amazing that they found an incredible filmmaker in Steven Caple Jr., who’s a guy I actually went to film school with, who I have a lot of love and respect for. I can’t wait to see what he does with it.”

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The movie also seems to be in good hands because Sylvester Stallone wrote the script for the sequel with Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.

Actress Tessa Thompson is also returning.

The film will reportedly follow Adonis Creed (Jordan)’s “life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new-found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.”

And fans can look forward to seeing Ryan Coogler and Micheal B. Jordan reunite for a new project about a school cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public School system called Wrong Answer.