Jordan eager to get back in the ring with a ‘Creed’ sequel

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Michael B. Jordan, right, as Adonis Johnson and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Michael B. Jordan, right, as Adonis Johnson and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The movie opened in U.S. theaters on Nov. 25, 2015. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – With “Creed” knocking out audiences and critics alike, Michael B. Jordan acknowledges he would love to lace up the gloves again for a sequel.

Jordan openly welcomed the possibility of an eventual “Creed 2” even before writer-director Ryan Coogler’s new chapter in the Rocky Balboa boxing saga opened to mostly rave reviews and a strong box-office performance during the five-day Thanksgiving weekend.

“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan said in a recent interview. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back and work with (co-stars) Sly (Stallone) and Tessa (Thompson) again.” Coogler, too, has expressed enthusiasm for another “Creed.”

The film featuring Stallone’s seventh appearance as Rocky, now a trainer to up-and-coming fighter Adonis Creed (Jordan), had a solid holiday weekend that’s projected to hit about $40 million despite daunting competition. “Creed” also received a CinemaScore of A from audiences enthralled by Creed’s rise and Stallone’s much-praised supporting performance as Rocky facing his mortality.

With only a reported $35 million budget, “Creed” is already likely to turn a tidy profit. New Line Cinema and distributor Warner Bros. haven’t publicly announced sequel plans.

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