– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Creed was a movie that, by all accounts, did not need to work. It could have rested on the laurels of the Rocky franchise, made fun callbacks, and gone on its merry way to a moderate box office success. However, its director, Ryan Coogler wouldn’t have it.

Instead, he created a thoroughly captivating and emotional installment in the long-running series, one that is arguably the strongest in the entire Rocky franchise. So why, after such success, did Coogler step down as director? Sure, initially, the directing job would have interfered with his ability to direct Black Panther, but it was eventually delayed, and given that production has yet to begin, it was still possible, right?

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Coogler said as much on an episode of Variety Playback:

“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.”

I hadn’t realized that Caple was someone he knew personally. With three films under his belt, I think it’s clear that Coogler’s success is no fluke, and I’d like to think he also has great taste when it comes to other’s talents. With that in mind, I certainly hope this turns out to be the case with Caple, as I’d love to see the quality of these movies continue to increase with each movie?

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.