Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed II) has signed on to a new action thriller called The Silver Bear. He will play a deadly assassin named Columbus and it’s based on the book series by Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma screenwriter Derek Haas.
The film is set up at Lionsgate and they are hoping that this will be a successful franchise for them. The script for the film was written by Frank Baldwin (The Godmother, Hard Powder) and it tells the formative story of a man who becomes the most feared and respected hit man in the criminal underworld.
There are five books in the series and they center on an assassin “who is so effective he becomes what Russian criminals call a silver bear: he never fails, and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. But he comes up against his own nightmarish origins when he takes on the job of killing the Speaker of the House, who is also a leading presidential candidate—and Columbus’ father.”
Jordan has become such an incredible and powerful actor. Who would have thought that after his run on The Wire and Friday Night Lights his career would have exploded. He’s taking on one great film project after another. The next film we’ll see him in is Creed II. He’s shooting the Destin Daniel Cretton-directed Just Mercy.
The Silver Bear sounds like another film for him to take on. Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake called The Silver Bear “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.”