Actor Michael B. Jordan is expanding his role in Hollywood with a newly launched production company.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the star of the upcoming Black Panther flick established Outlier Productions. Skydance Media and Jordan created the company from a first-look movie and television development agreement that will span several years.
Additionally, Jordan signed the first project under the company. “Apollo Park” is a TV drama about a budding basketball star’s swiftly growing professional career. The show explores the way the athlete’s fame affects his family and downtown Detroit neighborhood.
“I love telling true, modern stories and ‘Apollo Park’ – an underdog tale about a very real and very heroic hustler who defies stereotypes and thrives against great odds — has long been a passion project of mine,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m also very eager to start this new chapter in my career by launching my production company.”
Jordan also noted he and his “Apollo Park” co-creator Eric Amadio – who will co-write the hopeful series with the Creed actor – “are excited to join forces” with Skydance and share the project “with the world.”
“I am thrilled to have [Wynn Wygal] join my team,” Jordan added of his Outlier Productions vice president.
And Skydance is equally as enthusiastic about the partnership. In a statement released Wednesday, CEO David Ellison called Jordan an “incredibly gifted actor and storyteller.”
“[His] proven track record on both the big and small screen together with his boundless ambitions make him an ideal partner for us at Skydance,” Ellison said of Jordan. “We are so excited to team up with Michael and Eric on Apollo Park, a riveting sports drama about courage, perseverance and family.”
Jordan’s production company launch doesn’t mean he’s slowing down on the acting front.
Atlanta Black Star reported a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair features Jordan in the lead role. Currently, details about the MGM-produced project are hushed. However, the idea was all Jordan’s.