Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler are reuniting once again, with both attached to an original genre film still shrouded in secrecy. The package was showcased to executives and buyers last week at the offices of WME, with additional meetings set to take place to seek a production commitment from suitors.
The project marks the first spec script from Coogler through his production banner, Proximity Media. It would reunite Jordan and Coogler for a fifth time, as the actor has appeared in each of the filmmaker’s features so far.
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The pair’s “Fruitvale Station” debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, putting both on the map in Hollywood. Coogler and Jordan then collaborated on “Creed,” launching an ongoing spinoff of the “Rocky” franchise. Though Coogler has stepped away from helming the series, Jordan has starred in two more entries, taking the director’s chair for the third one. Meanwhile, Coogler launched the “Black Panther” series at Marvel Studios, with Jordan playing the antagonist Erik Killmonger in the first entry and returning for a cameo in the 2022 sequel “Wakanda Forever.” Coogler’s four features have collectively earned more than $2.4 billion at the global box office.
This new project would see Coogler direct and write, along with serving as lead producer. Other producers include Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian. Jordan, who is also represented by M88, would star.
The film would mark Coogler’s first project since “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the sequel to his own mega-hit, best picture Oscar-nominee. It would also mark Coogler’s first original feature since his debut “Fruitvale Station.”
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.
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