Currently sitting firmly in the ‘development hell’ seating area of Warner Bros is Methusaleh, a film that’s been close to fruition quite a few times over the years. But the project may be done languishing at the studio now that Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has signed up to produce and star in it.
Methusaleh, a story about a 400-year old man who has never aged a day, was originally developed by Eden Lake director James Watkins, and since then Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco) and Zach Dean (24 Hours To Live) have both had their hands on the script.
Tom Cruise was once mulling the idea of playing the central role, but this week it was announced that Jordan’s production company Outlier Society has joined forces with already-attached producers David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford to make a proper go of seeing Methusaleh come to life with a no doubt powerhouse performance from Jordan.
Deadline describes the film, which Warner Bros hopes will be the start of a solid box office-plundering franchise, as having “a Highlander-like mythology” with Jordan playing a character who has escaped death for centuries, accumulating “vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills.”
More on this as it gets moving.