Michael B. Jordan continues his impressive run of developing exciting projects. Having signed on to appear in a Tom Clancy franchise, Denzel Washington‘s A Journal For Jordan, and a conspiracy thriller titled The Silver Bear, as well as acquiring the rights for Black Leopard, Red Wolf, he’s now set to team up with Jordan Vogt-Roberts for an original monster movie.
Vogt-Roberts previously helmed Kong: Skull Island, which helped shoot his name into the spotlight. He is returning to the genre with a creature feature set in Detroit which will be produced by New Regency and Jordan’s Outlier Society banner. There’s currently no word on whether the Black Panther and Creed star plans to act in the film, but it’s a possibility.
Plot details are currently under wraps, but the Detroit setting is not a surprise. Vogt-Roberts grew up in the city and maintains a strong relationship with the local artistic community. In 2011 he co-founded The Detroit Creativity Project, a non-profit that fosters the city’s youth through improv comedy.
Kong: Skull Island made $567 million worldwide and set the table for Legendary’s big monster team-up, Godzilla vs. Kong, which arrives next year. Thus Vogt-Roberts has proven his ability to handle these kinds of massive blockbusters. It will be interesting to see what he can craft without the confines of a classic monster such as King Kong.
The film is reportedly still searching for a screenwriter. We will wait for more news regarding the film, and also whether Jordan plans to star as well. He’s got so many projects in front and behind the camera that his schedule must be stacked, and this project will likely require a long shot. We can cross our fingers though.