EXCLUSIVE: Creed III producer Irwin Winker said Saturday at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles event that Creed IV is in the works, with franchise star and Creed III director Michael B. Jordan to direct it.

“We are planning to do Creed IV now,” Winkler said on stage during a panel for Creed III, the MGM Amazon Studios pic that opened in March and grossed more than $275 million at the worldwide box office. “We have a very good history [and] a very good plot. We were a little delayed because of the strikes, but in a year we will go into pre-production.”

Winkler also confirmed that Jordan would return to direct after his feature directorial debut in Creed III. “He will be,” Winkler said. “He did a great job – he was comfortable with the camera.”

Speaker and production partner Elizabeth Raposo added about the success of the third film in the franchise: “[We’re] I’m glad this one worked and people want to see more.

Also today Creed III The panelist was writer Keenan Coogler.

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O Belief The franchise, which picks up after the end of the Rocky films, stars Jordan as Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky Balboa’s greatest opponent, following his rise in the world of boxing and the impact it has had on his family and legacy.

The franchise has grossed more than $663 million globally through the first three films.

Delving even deeper into the creative forces behind Creed III and Jordan’s deep involvement with the film, Winkler today also reflected on the strength and success of the Rocky franchise, of which Belief is connected.

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“Michael and the creative team had a beautiful vision from the beginning to create an entirely new and different experience for this film,” said Winker. “It had to be firmly cemented in what we all [know] O Belief It is Rocky films for… there had to be a lot of action, boxing, but we also looked at what kind of film we were making. And a lot of it, those early days with Michael were spent working out how we were looking at the character of Damian, which is why I think everyone responded to the depth, not just on the page but also on the screen. You spend half the film feeling deep sympathy for him and understanding his vulnerability.”

Check back on Monday for the panel video.

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