But will Ryan Coogler be back to direct?
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MGM could be back in the ring with a Creed sequel as early as next year.

CEO Gary Barber reportedly told Variety that the studio is targeting a November 2017 release date for a follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s Rocky spinoff. “That’s my goal,” Barber said, adding that the date hasn’t been finalized.

If the date pans out, the sequel would drop precisely two years after the first Creed installment. Directed and co-written by Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, Creed has earned excellent reviews and grossed more than $105 million at the North American box office.

Such a quick turnaround might mean that Coogler wouldn’t be able to return to the director’s chair, as he’s currently in talks to helm Marvel’s Black Panther. That movie is due in theaters February 2018.

Stallone, who just won a Golden Globe for his work in Creed, recently hinted that the in-demand Coogler could slide over to an executive producer role for the sequel. “I know Ryan is going to be gone for a couple years,” the actor told Variety recently. “There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel.”

As for Jordan, it sounds as though he’s open to the idea of lacing up the gloves again.

“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan told the AP a few weeks ago. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with Sly and [costar] Tessa [Thompson] again.”

An MGM spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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