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Ryan Coogler has made a real name for himself as a director in the film industry. Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther are films which have cemented his position as one of the best directors working today. Any future project he is involved in should be highly anticipated. Creed 2, however, is not a film which will be directed by Ryan Coogler. Many fans of Creed, myself included, hoped that Coogler would return as director but this did not happen.
Now, in appearance on Variety’s Playback podcast, Ryan Coogler has given his reasoning about why he decided to not direct Creed 2 which will now be directed by Steven Caple Jr.:
“I mean of course it was possible. 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. There’s timing, and that film for whatever reason it had to go when it’s going. 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.”
While I would have loved to have seen Ryan Coogler continue the story of Creed and the Rocky franchise in general, I am optimistic about Creed 2. This is especially the case if Steven Caple Jr. is as good a director as Coogler says he is.
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