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Director Ryan Coogler, Sylvester Stallone and ‘Creed’ star Michael B. Jordan

*Sylvester Stallone and MGM CEO Gary Barber tell Variety in an exclusive interview that a sequel to “Creed” is definitely a go. However, whether or not Ryan Coogler will be back to direct is unknown, as he’ll most likely be tied up for the next two years working on “Black Panther” for Marvel and Disney.

“There’s no doubt that we’re making a ‘Creed 2,’ Barber said, with Stallone suggesting that Coogler may still serve as a produce on the sequel.

“I know Ryan is probably going to be gone for a couple years,” said Stallone, adding, “So there will be a quandary on: Do we work with another director and have Ryan produce, or do we wait? There’s a diminishing time acceptance of a sequel. Now they are cranking them out in a year.”

As for what the story will entail, Variety says: “One version of the story would take place in the past… bringing back Carl Weathers to play Apollo Creed, who died in 1985’s “Rocky IV.”

Stallone said that he “recently bumped into” Carl Weathers and he was impressed that the actor is still in “good shape.”

“You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian… You can start to meld my experiences and then you start to bring different cultures into it. And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America. The complication will come with the girl’s ambition, because she’s not Adrian. She has places to go, things to see, the clock is running on her hearing,” Stallone explained,

“The girl” he’s referring to is Tessa Thompson’s Bianca, a singer who ultimately becomes Creed’s love interest.

“Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together,” Stallone said, adding, “Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious.”

Read Stallone’s full Variety chat here.