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'Creed 3' Taps 'King Richard' Writer (Exclusive)

Zach Baylin will pen the latest installment in MGM's boxing film franchise.
'Creed II' (2018)   |   Barry Wetcher/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures
Zach Baylin will pen the latest installment in MGM's boxing film franchise.

A new writer is getting in the ring for the third Creed film.

Zach Baylin, the scripter behind the upcoming Will Smith movie King Richard, has been tapped to pen the third installment of the boxing film franchise for MGM.

The movie will continue the story of Adonis Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan, but exact plot details are not yet known. A director has yet to be confirmed.

The first Creed film, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, grossed $173 million at the global box office following its release in 2015. Creed II (2018) was directed by Steven Caple Jr. from a screenplay by Juel Taylor and Sylvester Stallone and earned more than $214 million worldwide.

It is unclear when Creed 3 will head into production, as Jordan has a packed upcoming shooting schedule. He is set to appear in an as-yet untitled David O. Russell movie before heading into production on the Denzel Washington-directed Sony drama A Journal for Jordan.

Baylin's screenplay King Richard appeared on the 2018 Black List and centers on the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. The script later attached Smith to star as Richard Williams and produce via his Overbrook banner, with the package subsequently being picked up by Warner Bros. after a bidding war.

Baylin is repped by Grandview.

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