Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is in line to star in the adaptation of the 2005 cult Korean hit, A Bittersweet Life. Jordan will play a mobster who becomes conflicted after being ordered to kill his mistress. Also attached to direct is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3).
Reportedly, producers and filmmakers are looking at the project as a “high concept, character driven” film with a possibility of a franchise. While Spike Lee‘s Oldboy remake fell completely flat, A Bittersweet Life is another Korean thriller from that early 2000s golden period where they were releasing daring, original films left and right.
Jordan and Nelson are an interesting pairing, the former seemingly just about to break into the circle of A-list actors after some breakout performances, the latter a director heavily skilled in animation, which could be exactly the kind of filmmaker best suited to adapt a fast-paced, anarchic yet still niche film for a mainstream Hollywood audience.
Until more news arrives and production dates are set, Jordan has a lot on his plate. He’s currently filming the HBO adaption of Fahrenheit 451 alongside Michael Shannon, and will appear in Ryan Coogler‘s Black Panther early next year, while he has also signed on for a sequel to Creed. This could be another hit film to add to his resume as he works his way up the acting ladder.