Michael B. Jordan (Creed II, Black Panther) will star in and serve as producer of Lionsgate’s film adaptation of The Silver Bear from production company Nickel City Pictures and based on the popular book series by Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma).
Nickel City optioned the rights to the book franchise last year and engaged Frank Baldwin (Hard Powder, The Godmother) to adapt the first book of the series. Vishal Rungta, Mark Fasano, Ankur Rungta of Nickel City Pictures will produce along with Jordan’s Outlier Society Productions banner. Derek Haas, Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers.
The Silver Bear tells the story of Columbus (Jordan), who becomes the most feared and respected hitman in the criminal underworld.
“We could not be more excited to work with Michael and Lionsgate. 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,” said Nickel City Pictures’ Vishal Rungta.
“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.”