Michael B. Jordan to Star in Hitman Drama “The Silver Bear”

Looks like Michael B. Jordan has found his next project. 

The star of Marvel’s Black Panther is set to star in and produce a new action franchise, The Silver Bear. Also producing alongside Jordan are Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, and Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures who optioned the rights to the book franchise last year.

The Silver Bear is based on the popular book series by Derek Haas, who also penned Wanted and 3:10 to Yuma. The adaptation of the assassin story helmed by Frank Baldwin follows a man who goes by the name Columbus (Jordan), the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.

The Silver Bear is 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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake. “We’re incredibly honored that Michael and Nickel City chose Lionsgate to partner with in bringing this exciting property to life.”

“We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate,” Rungta said. “We have been huge fans of Michael all the way back to his days in The Wire, and from our first meeting we knew that he was the perfect fit for the role of Columbus.”

The news was first reported by Deadline.