*Michael B. Jordan has brought his legal drama “Just Mercy” to Warner Bros., who has picked up the rights after its original studio, Broad Green Pictures, shut down earlier this year following a string of box office bombs.
According to Variety, Jordan will begin production on “Just Mercy” at the beginning of 2018, and will follow with “Creed 2,” where he’ll reprise his role as Adonis Creed. As of now, “Creed 2” is slated to premiere on Nov. 21, 2018. It’s currently unknown if it will stick to that date.
Based on the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” the true story follows Bryan Stevenson, a gifted young lawyer’s defense of the most vulnerable in our country and his fight for equal justice in a flawed legal system.
“Short Term 12” director Destin Cretton is helming “Just Mercy” and co-wrote the script with Andrew Lanham. Jordan will produce with Gil Netter. Niija Kuykendall will oversee for Warner Bros.
After Broad Green Pictures shuttered earlier this year, producers began looking for a new home, and Warner Bros. was eager to work with Jordan, notes Variety.
Jordan has already had a busy year, shooting Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which reteamed him with his “Creed” director Ryan Coogler, as well as HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451.” “Black Panther” opens Feb. 16, 2018, and “Fahrenheit 451” is also expected some time in 2018.
Along with “Just Mercy,” Jordan also recently set up his directing debut with “Stars Beneath Our Feet.” The actor is also gaining traction as a producer, as he is on board to produce a reboot of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Raising Dion,” and untitled project with Tarell Alvin McCraney for OWN. “Raising Dion” and the untitled project will be produced through his banner Outlier Society Productions.