*Michael B. Jordan has signed on to produce the World War II action-drama “The Liberators” through his Outlier Society Productions and with Safehouse Pictures, reports Variety.
No word yet if Jordan will also star in the project, which is based on a spec script written by Madison Turner and tells the unknown story of the 761st regiment in World War II, an entirely African-American combat unit which spearheaded General Patton’s third Army and helped liberate concentration camps. Their heroism led to the desegregation of the armed forces.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. finalized the deal for the script package late last week in a highly competitive situation after Safehouse brought the spec script to Outlier.
Along with Jordan, producers are Safehouse Pictures’ Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold, and Outlier Society Production’s Alana Mayo. Safehouse’s Matt Schwartz will executive produce.
Jordan’s credits include “Black Panther” as the villain Eric Killmonger, the title character in “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” — all three of which are directed by Ryan Coogler. Jordan’s also starring in and exec producing HBO’s upcoming “Fahrenheit 451” miniseries opposite Michael Shannon.
Outlier Society Productions’ other projects include the hourlong sci-fi family drama “Raising Dion,” which has a 10-episode straight-to-series order from Netflix; “The Thomas Crowne Affair” reboot, which Jordan will star in; an untitled project with Tarell Alvin McCraney for OWN; and an adaptation of the bestselling YA novel “The Stars Beneath Our Feet,” on which Jordan will make his directorial debut.
Watch video about the Liberators above and testimony from real life Liberators William McKinney and Floyd Dade from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation below.