Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler’s working relationship has continued to flourish years after their breakthrough film Fruitvale Station. Of course, that relationship extended to the Creed franchise with Coogler directing the first film and producing its sequel. While Coogler produced Creed III, Jordan is the one calling the shots now, as he will make his directoral debut with this film. The duo’s closeness came into play when Jordan showed Coogler the film for the first time. After getting a sneak peek at the third Creed film, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director responded honestly.
Coogler has been one of the lucky individuals to see one of the highly anticipated film on the 2023 film schedule. Having seen the movie, Collider asked him what it was like to see the sequel for the first time. Of course, the Black Panther director didn’t reveal any details about the sequel, but he did give his frequent collaborator some feedback on the boxing movie. The filmmaker didn’t spill what notes he gave Jordan but did shout out the Creed team – both on and offscreen talent – for the work they did.
It sounded like Coogler approved of what he saw. His praise for the unreleased film speaks volumes. Of course, whatever notes he gave Jordan are between the two of them, so fans will probably never know. I’d assume the two men have built up enough rapport that the director can give Jordan good constructive feedback.
It’s worth noting Jordan didn’t just hop in the director’s chair without observing some expert filmmakers. He watched Coogler while working on the first Black Panther and Creed films. He admitted to taking advice from fellow actor-directors Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper before helming Creed III. He even peppered Washington with countless questions when the two-time Oscar winner directed him in 2021’s A Journal for Jordan. The two-time Oscar winner was very receptive to the MCU star’s questions even helping Jordan secure a storyboard artist during prep for the third Creed film. So, the Adonis Creed actor had numerous opportunities to get some insightful advice before calling the shots for the first time.
Moviegoers will have to wait a bit longer to see if Ryan Coogler’s praise rings true as Creed III won’t arrive in theaters until March 3, 2023. Fans already know they’re in store for a time jump following Creed II’s conclusion. In the meantime, you can check out a special cameo from Michael B. Jordan in Coogler’s blockbuster hit Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is currently in theaters. Then find out what other new movies are coming out after watching Wakanda Forever.