At the rate Rocky/Creed projects are being churned out and planned, the franchise will soon threaten to overtake the James Bond movies numerically. The latest is Creed III, which is set for release on March 3.
Creed III sees Michael B. Jordan reprise his role as heavyweight boxer Adonis Creed, son of Apollo, for the third time.
The film will also mark the actor’s directorial debut, a task which proved arduous during production.
“The most challenging thing I’ve done in my career, by far,” Jordan told Total Film.
"Whether it was working with all the departments to make sure they have what they need to go do their job, staying in shape, developing the story, or having my own process as an actor with Adonis. I was pushing myself to new limits daily."
Notably, this will be the first time that Rocky creator Sylvester Stallone will be a no-show.
Since the inception of the franchise in 1976, Stallone has starred in the original movie and five of its sequels.
The veteran actor also made strong supporting appearance in the previous two Creed projects.