Michael B. Jordan Tackling African Epic Fantasy 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf'
Michael B. Jordan is going from Black Panther to Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
The actor-turned-producer and Warner Bros. have picked up the rights to the epic African fantasy written by Marlon James, with Jordan set to produce the adaptation via his Outlier Society.
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The deal marks the first for Jordan’s Outlier since signing a first-look deal with the studio last month.
The deal comes as the book, which counts Neil Gaiman as a fan, just hit shelves Tuesday.
The tale is set in a fantastical Africa and sees a slave trader hire several mercenaries to find a kidnapped boy. The story’s main character is a man named Tracker and features giants, necromancers, witches and shape-shifters.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf has been described as an African Game of Thrones and is the first book of a trilogy that James, the acclaimed author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, is writing.
James will serve as an executive producer on the adaptation.
No writer has been hired to pen a script at this stage.
Outlier Society, run by president of production Alana Mayo, co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Films’ adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, which netted Jordan a PGA Award. Future projects include the World War II action drama The Liberators, the anime-style 3D series gen:LOCK, the sci-fi series Raising Dion and the OWN drama series David Makes Man.
Anonymous Content and Ellen Levine of Trident Media Group brokered the deal.
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