Michael B. Jordan, 'Kong: Skull Island' Filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts Team for Monster Movie
Michael B. Jordan and Kong: Skull Island filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts are teaming for a creature feature for New Regency.
Jordan will produce the untitled project with Alana Mayo via the duo’s banner, Outlier Society, along with Vogt-Roberts, who will also direct. New Regency, which last made the surprise Oscar-winning international smash Bohemian Rhapsody, will also produce and finance.
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Plot details are being kept in the dark but the project, based on an original idea from Vogt-Roberts, will be set in the filmmaker’s hometown of Detroit. Vogt-Roberts maintains deep ties to the Motor City, repeatedly bringing production to it any way he can, and also co-founded the improv group The Detroit Creativity Project to help the city’s young people.
A search for a screenwriter is now underway.
Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island grossed over $545 million worldwide and is part of Legendary’s monsterverse. The movie was a major leap from his debut, the 2013 coming-of-age indie The Kings of Summer, which premiered at Sundance. The director, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, also helmed the pilot for FX’s You’re the Worst and is attached to adapt the video game Metal Gear Solid for Sony.
Jordan’s Outlier Society, which has a first-look deal at Warner Bros., recently set up an adaptation of the fantasy Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and it co-produced the Emmy-nominated adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films.
Next up for New Regency is Ad Astra, the Brad Pitt sci-fi movie.
by Graeme McMillan