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Skydance Media signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement for both television and feature film production with Michael B. Jordan and his newly created production company, Outlier Productions, Skydance announced on Wednesday.
The first project under the new agreement is an original scripted television series under the working title “Apollo Park,” the story of a young, gifted basketball player’s rise to fame and the effects his success has on his family and friends. The series is co-created and executive produced by Jordan and Eric Amadio (“After Sex”), alongside Evan Silverberg, Kenny Goodman, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross. Amadio is set to write the series as well.
“Michael is an incredibly gifted actor and storyteller whose proven track record on both the big and small screen together with his boundless ambitions make him an ideal partner for us at Skydance,” said David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media. “We are so »
- Arya Roshanian
Marvel declined to comment.
The film, directed by “Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler, also stars Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o. Boseman will play T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in “Captain America: Civil War” before the standalone film bows on Feb. 16, 2018.
In the comics, M’Baku was one of Wakanda’s most powerful warriors and one of T’Challa’s biggest rivals.
- Justin Kroll
Can someone please hit the switch to turn Friday Night Lights back on again? Michael B. Jordan has joined the list of other cast members from the beloved sports drama who hope to see a reunion of some sort. "It has be the right way," the Creed star told me at the other day the Maui Film Festival, where he received the Rainmaker Award. We totally understand that. "It'll be cool to get together with the Dillon Panthers and the East Dillon Lions and just kind of see that," Jordan said. "That'll be pretty cool." Where does he think his character Vince Howard would be today? "Vince is probably coaching," Jordan said, but then suggested, »
Marvel’s Black Panther will reunite the team behind the Oscar-nominated Creed, as Michael B. Jordan has joined the cast of the Ryan Coogler-directed film. Marvel declined to comment, but we’re hearing the deal is set with Jordan possibly playing a villainous role in the film that will star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, who serves as King and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Jordan’s hiring comes amid rave reviews for Boseman over his… »
Lupita Nyong’o also recently joined the cast.
“Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler is on board to direct the film. Kevin Feige is producing the movie, which stars Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda, who must take over the mantel after his father’s murder. Marvel unveiled the character in “Captain America: Civil War” before the standalone film hits theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
Jordan’s role is unknown at this time.
Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler.
The role would reteam Jordan with Coogler, who has worked with Jordan on “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station.” Jordan is coming off the success of relaunching the “Rocky” franchise with “Creed” and since the pic the actor had been particular in picking his next project.
He is attached »
- Justin Kroll
“Creed” star and Ncaap Image Awards winner Michael B. Jordan will be honored with the Rainmaker Award at the Maui Film Festival on June 16.
The Rainmaker Award honors film artists who profoundly affect their projects, both on and off screen.
“Michael B. Jordan’s lead roles in ‘Fruitvale Station’ and ‘Creed’ knocked me out!” said Maui Film Festival founder and director Barry Rivers.
“Viewed alongside his other exemplary performances, on screens large and small, it is clear that Michael is talented beyond words and more than worthy of the admiration and deep respect from anyone who loves storytelling. Michael B. Jordan is the real deal and we’re thrilled to honor him at this year’s event,” he added.
- Maria Cavassuto
“It’s not about winning, it’s about celebrating.” These words were uttered by Ice Cube as he accepted the first Best Picture All Def Movie Award for “Straight Outta Compton” at the inaugural Adma show. The show’s co-creator Russell Simmons made a five-year deal with Fusion so he expects the new awards to continue in years to come. Simmons also made a point of saying that he had nothing to do with the scheduling of the show, which Fusion is airing opposite this year’s ABC’s Oscar telecast.
The Adma show is not your typical awards show by any stretch of the imagination, and that’s intentional, as Sanjay Sharma, President & CEO of All Def Digital explained. “Four weeks ago, this was an idea. In ten days, the real thing has come together,” he said. “We’re a multi-platform company. We’re nimble in our DNA. We »
- Diane Gordon
The reboot is in early development stages and has no producer, writer or director attached. Jordan teamed with MGM on “Creed,” which was distributed by Warner Bros. and performed well with $172 million worldwide.
The original “Thomas Crown Affair,” directed by Norman Jewison, was released in 1968. Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway starred in the film in which McQueen’s character masterminded a Boston bank robbery of $2.66 million without meeting any of the four thieves. Dunaway played the insurance investigator who realized that Crown had orchestrated the heist.
Jordan came to Hollywood’s attention as a drug dealer in “The Wire” and in the indie drama “Fruitvale Station.” He starred as Adonis Creed, son of Apollo Creed, »
- Dave McNary
Michael B. Jordan is reteaming with MGM to remake the thriller “The Thomas Crown Affair,” TheWrap has learned. The project has no writer or director attached yet. 1968’s “The Thomas Crown Affair” was directed by Norman Jewison and starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. McQueen played a wealthy businessman who was also a robber on the side. When an insurance investigator (Dunaway) begins to track him down, the two get wrapped up in an affair. MGM remade the movie in 1999 starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, which grossed $124 million. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin in a statement. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”
The 88th Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC.
This is the third announcement of presenters. The first group was unveiled on Jan. 28. The second group, announced Feb. 1, includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, »
- Tim Gray
MGM is eyeing a November 2017 release date for the sequel to “Creed,” Variety has learned.
That would allow the film to open exactly two years after the first chapter starring Michael B. Jordan hit theaters. The Warner Bros. release has gone on to gross more than $105 million at the domestic box office and land Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe for best supporting actor. “That’s my goal,” MGM CEO Gary Barber told Variety on Sunday night at the Golden Globes of his release plan, adding that the date hasn’t been set in stone yet.
In a recent cover story with Variety, Stallone alluded to the possibility that Coogler would be an executive producer of the second “Creed” due to scheduling. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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