"The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges", Stallone said. "I'm confident Michael B. Jordan will hit it out of the park".
Stallone remains aboard the project to reprise his role as Rocky Balboa, although he's also the co-writer of the script with Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage).
The sequel to 2015's sleeper hit Creed has just had an unexpected switch-up with its directors - newcomer Steven Caple Jr. "I look forward to joining the family and continuing the precedent set by this franchise's alumni of incredible filmmakers".
Although details are scarce, Creed 2 will follow Jordan's Adonis Creed as he deals with the newfound fame found in the first movie. The gig is Caple's first feature at a major studio. Dolph Lundgren will return as the Russian behemoth Drago, the man who killed Apollo Creed in the ring.
Stallone had considered directing "Creed 2" at one point, but after talking it over with Jordan and the execs, they made the decision to find another director.
Coogler and Stallone remain integral to the new movie as Coogler is expected to be an executive producer on the project, though a deal has yet to be finalised as he is now completing post on Black Panther. "The Land" premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding.
Caple also recently wrote a Will Smith and Jay Z-produced HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the African American teenager who was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly asking a white woman on a date.
Sources are saying the sequel will begin production in Philadelphia in March, and MGM will be distributing the film through their new distribution initiative.