Michael B. Jordan of global smash Black Panther and the upcoming Creed II will star in and produce The Silver Bear for Lionsgate.
The studio acquired film rights from Nickel City Pictures based on the book series by Derek Haas, who also wrote the screenplays to Wanted and 3:10 To Yuma.
Frank Baldwin (Hard Powder, The Godmother) was brought on to adapt the first book of the series, which tells the story of Columbus, the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.
Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures will produce along with Jordan’s Outlier Society Productions. Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.
“We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate,” said Nickel City Pictures’ Vishal Rungta. “We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus.”
“The Silver Bear is the kind of story that needs to be experienced on the big screen and Michael is the perfect movie star to inhabit the skin of this dynamic character and take us into the cinematic world of Columbus,” said Lionsgate motion picture group chairman Joe Drake.
“We’re incredibly honoured that Michael and Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life.”