Michael B.Jordan set for assassin franchise at Lionsgate

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“Creed” star Michael B. Jordan will play the deadly assassin Columbus in ”The Silver Bear”, a potential franchise launch for Lionsgate based on the book series of the same name, reports Deadline.

Created by “3:10 to Yuma” screenwriter Derek Haas, the ‘Silver Bear’ books fix on an assassin who is so effective he becomes what Russian criminals call a silver bear: he never fails, and he seems immune to the stresses of his work. But he comes up against his own nightmarish origins when he takes on the job of killing the Speaker of the House, who is also a leading presidential candidate—and Columbus’ father.

Frank Baldwin (”The Godmother”) has written the script that “tells the formative story of a man who becomes the most feared and respected hit man in the criminal underworld.”

Said Nickel City’s Vishal Rungta: “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.”

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake said the story features “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.”

Via ‘Deadline

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