EXCLUSIVE: Fox has closed a deal for Men Who Kill, a pitch by T.J. Fixman that will be developed as a star vehicle for fast-rising Michael B. Jordan. The tone of the film is an international Bad Boys and it gives the studio another project with Jordan, who comes off his breakout role in Fruitvale Station and heads into the Fantastic Four reboot after previously starring in the Fox sleeper Chronicle.
After starring as a teen in the iconic TV series The Wire and Friday Night Lights, Jordan is making the transition to adulthood among a handful of young actors vying to be in the next generation of bankable leading men. This is the first action thriller vehicle being developed specifically for Jordan, who is separately attached to play Apollo Creed’s grandson in a new version of Rocky that will re-team him with Fruitvale Station writer-director Ryan Coogler.
Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing and Kenny Goodman will be exec producer, with Fox exec Mike Ireland overseeing. The scribe sold One Night On The Hudson to Universal with Mary Parent producing, Seth Gordon directing and Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day starring, The Lost for New Line / 21 Laps, and Gargoyles for Disney with Lauren Schuler Donner producing. WME reps Fixman and Jordan. Latter is also repped by Goodman at Schiff Co, and Gregory Slewett at Bloom. Fixman is also repped by Jeff Silver and Slewett and Berlanti by Patti Felker.