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11 items from 2016

Michael B. Jordan Inks Film, TV Deal With Skydance Media

19 October 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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‘Black Panther’ Taps ‘Person of Interest’ Actor Winston Duke to Play M’Baku (Exclusive)

28 September 2016 5:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Person of Interest” actor Winston Duke has landed the key role of the villain M’Baku — aka Man-Ape — in Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther” film starring Chadwick Boseman.

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.

Joe Robert Cole is co-penning the script with Coogler. Kevin Feige is producing the movie.

Marvel had been testing several actors for the role over the past week, including “The Get Down” actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, before casting Duke. »

- Justin Kroll

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Michael B. Jordan Wants a Friday Night Lights Reunion!

20 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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, »

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Michael B. Jordan Joins Cast Of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

13 May 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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Michael B. Jordan Boards ‘Black Panther’

13 May 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael B. Jordan is in talks to join Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” sources confirmed to Variety.

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.

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- Justin Kroll

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Michael B. Jordan to Be Honored at Maui Film Festival

27 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“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.

Along with “Creed,” Jordan has starred in the re-imagined “Fantastic Four” along with Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell; “That Awkward Moment” with Zac Efron and Teller; and “Redtails.”

His »

- Maria Cavassuto

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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’s’ Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler Rule at All Def Movie Awards

25 February 2016 10:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“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

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Michael B. Jordan Starring in ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ Remake

24 February 2016 9:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Creed’s” Michael B. Jordan is starring in MGM’s second remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

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.

Director John McTiernan’s 1999 remake starred Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. The film was a solid hit, grossing $124 million worldwide.

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

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in ‘Thomas Crown Affair’ Remake at MGM

24 February 2016 9:18 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Michael B. Jordan, Daisy Ridley, Cate Blanchett Join Oscar Presenters

12 February 2016 3:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Six previous Oscar winners are among the 17 new Academy Award presenters announced Friday by Oscarcast producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin.

The winners who will present at the Feb. 28 awards are Patricia Arquette, Cate Blanchett, Common, Russell Crowe, Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Redmayne.

Also on board are Abraham Attah, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and Sofia Vergara.

“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

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‘Creed’ Sequel Aims for November 2017 Release (Exclusive)

11 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

If the movie does come out that soon, it could mean that Ryan Coogler — who is in talks to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther” –might not be able to return as director.

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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