Michael B. Jordan plans to quit acting and direct movies instead

Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. However, it…

Michael B. Jordan eventually wants to quit acting and direct films instead.

The 32-year-old won critical acclaim for his role in The Wire back in 2002, before landing parts in other U.S. TV shows including Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.

However, it was his role in Ryan Coogler’s film Fruitvale Station in 2013 that catapulted Jordan to superstardom, and the actor has gone from strength to strength ever since, starring in movies such as Fantastic Four, Creed, and Black Panther.

And he’s determined to make a lasting impression on Hollywood and plans on turning his hand to making movies.

“I see a world where I’m just directing,” he told Time magazine in a new interview. “Or maybe doing a movie once every two or three years.

“How you make the most impact is: become the biggest. Build your brand so it’s global, so you can attack global issues. Every move matters.”

Next up for Jordan is Just Mercy, starring Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, which tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his murder conviction in the 1990s with the help of lawyer Bryan Stevenson.

Jordan plays the young attorney to Foxx’s McMillian in the movie, which he also co-produced, and wants audiences to be inspired to make a difference after watching the powerful film.

“I want people to feel angry, upset, passionate, sad, inspired and optimistic that you can make a difference,” he stated. “When you leave this movie, I want you to question what you think is normal.”

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Michael B. Jordan keen to make more Creed movies

Michael B. Jordan wants to make more Creed movies in a bid to create a legacy similar to the Rocky franchise. The actor reprises his role as Adonis Creed – the son of boxer Apollo Creed from the original Rocky movies – in Creed II, and he has now re…

Michael B. Jordan wants to make more Creed movies in a bid to create a legacy similar to the Rocky franchise. 

The actor reprises his role as Adonis Creed – the son of boxer Apollo Creed from the original Rocky movies – in Creed II, and he has now revealed that when he first discussed doing the 2015 movie, with Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, he envisaged working on a series of sequels.

Speaking at a Q&A held at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday night (28Nov18) alongside his co-stars Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Brigitte Nielsen, and Creed II helmer Steven Caple Jr., Michael shared that he is ready to do another instalment and would consider doing even more movies.

“I would do a Creed III,” he confirmed, when asked by the director if he was up for doing another flick.

“I mean do y’all wanna see a Creed III?” the 31-year-old then questioned the audience, who burst into a round of applause.

Michael, a virtual unknown in Hollywood prior to the release of the critically acclaimed 2013 movie Fruitvale Station, then pondered the possibility of the film turning into a franchise like Sylvester Stallone’s hugely successful Rocky series.

“We hadn’t even started shooting Fruitvale Station yet – I think we were in pre-production for that. And Ryan was like, ‘Hey man, I’m thinking about doing this story about Apollo Creed’s son… do you wanna play him?’ And I was like, ‘Hey man cool let’s do it.’

“In my brain, I started thinking about it. I was like, ‘OK well how many Rocky films was there? Alright well, we could deal with a lot of Creeds if it works so it was something I thought about,’” the star admitted. “I knew that (if it was a) success it was something I would be willing to do. So yeah I’m down.”

Tessa, who plays Adonis’ musician girlfriend Bianca in the franchise, weighed in with ideas for a potential movie title too.

“Yes. Like Creed III – Redemption,” she joked, before teasing her co-star Michael’s idea for the title of Creed II. “It could’ve been Creed II: The Big Payback… It was a bad pitch.”

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Octavia Spencer to executive produce anti-slavery movie

Actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to executive produce anti-slavery movie Mumbet. Written by Stephen Glantz and directed by Alethea Root, the film will be based on Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes’ book A Free Woman on God’s Earth and will centr…

Actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to executive produce anti-slavery movie Mumbet.

Written by Stephen Glantz and directed by Alethea Root, the film will be based on Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes’ book A Free Woman on God’s Earth and will centre on Elizabeth Freeman, aka Mumbet, who helped to end slavery in Massachusetts by becoming the first enslaved African American to file and win a freedom suit in 1781 after hearing the words “all men are created free and equal” in the state constitution.

“I’m extremely proud to be a part of helping to tell such an important story,” Spencer says. “It’s time for everyone to know about Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman.”

“This is a woman who risked her life to speak truth to injustice,” Root adds. “The power of truth is paramount and the time is ripe for the world to be inspired and moved by Mumbet’s story.”

Casting has yet to be announced and it is unclear if Spencer will make an appearance in the movie, but filming is slated to take place The Berkshires of Massachusetts, according to Variety.

“It’s hard to beat the architectural history and scenery we have here, and having the support of the state enables us to film in the very locations this historic event occurred,” state representative William Pignatelli, who helped extend tax incentives for filming, says.

House of Cards actress Jayne Atkinson and Glantz will also executive produce the project alongside Octavia and others.

This isn’t the first executive producer role for Spencer – she has also worked on Small Town Crime and Fruitvale Station.

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