Michael B. Jordan Eyes Denzel Washington-Directed Drama

Michael B. Jordan will star in Denzel Washington’s dramatic directorial effort, titled Journal for Jordan.

Michael B. Jordan in HBO's Fahrenheit 451

Michael B. Jordan has banked his share of blockbuster franchises, be it with a memorable villain turn in Marvel’s Black Panther, or the hit Rocky-spun-off Creed films, with even more intriguing projects on his docket. However, the actor just signed up to headline a drama, titled Journal for Jordan (no relation), directed by Denzel Washington, that serves as a heartfelt memoir to the sacrifices of our armed forces with a tragically broken bond between a father and son.

Sony Pictures is in talks with Jordan to star in Journal for Jordan, as reported by trades like Variety. The film will see Denzel Washington flex his sporadically-utilized directorial muscles for the film, working off a screenplay by Virgil Williams (Mudbound, Criminal Minds,) based off Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy’s 2008 non-fiction book, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, which chronicles Iraq War memoirs posthumously left behind by her husband, FS Charles Monroe King – killed on October 2006 by a roadside bomb – for their seven-month-old son, Jordan. The book contains personal stories, prayers and life lessons imparted to the child.  

Director Washington, the eight-time-nominated, two-time Oscar-winning actor (1989 Best Supporting Actor for Glory and 2002 Best Lead Actor for Training Day), may have been bitten by the directorial bug after recent success at the helm of 2016’s movie adaptation of Fences, which yielded him 2017 Oscar nods for Best Motion Picture and Best Lead Actor, along with a Best Supporting Actress win for Viola Davis. Thus, Journal for Jordan will serve as his quickest directorial turnaround yet, with years-long gaps between his previous efforts in 2007’s The Great Debaters and 2002’s Antwone Fisher (not counting his direction for a 2016 episode of Grey’s Anatomy).

Prospective star Jordan, who’s coming off last fall’s Creed II, will next be seen fielding an uncharacteristically small role on the Netflix series, Raising Dion, for which he serves as executive producer. However, he’s set to star opposite a fellow member of the Marvel movie roster in Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, along with Jamie Foxx in the 2020-scheduled drama, Just Mercy, and will make his cinematic debut later that same year as author Tom Clancy’s prolific CIA operative, John Clark, in would-be franchise-launcher Without Remorse.

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Jordan will also serve as producer on Journal for Jordan via his Outlier Society shingle, joined in that capacity by director Washington, Escape Artist’s Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch. Additionally, Ange Giannetti is overseeing for Sony Pictures.

We’ll keep you updated on Journal for Jordan as the news arrives!

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