Michael B. Jordan is quick to the trigger. The ‘Black Panther’ actor and Warner Brothers are set to collaborate on producing Marlon James’s African fantasy novel ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ which just came out on Tuesday.
The actor-turned-producer and Warner Bros. have picked up the rights to the epic African fantasy written by Marlon James, with Jordan set to produce the adaptation via his Outlier Society.
The deal marks the first for Jordan’s Outlier since signing a first-look deal with the studio last month.
The epic is the first book of a trilogy. James, who is the author of ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, will join the film as a producer. Jordan has been pretty busy, signing on to act in a Tom Clancy movie as well as producing this movie as well. Regardless, he’s keeping things fresh by showing us his production side as well.
The synopsis for ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ is this:
In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
As Tracker follows the boy’s scent–from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers–he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?
Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.