A Hollywood legend and perhaps a legend in the making are in talks to work together on a new film.
According to Deadline, Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan might be teaming up for Sony Pictures’ “Journal for Jordan,” based on Dana Canedy’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book. Washington will step behind the camera to direct Jordan, and the 64-year-old will co-produce the movie as well.
The book “Journal for Jordan” follows the true-life story of Canedy’s romantic relationship with Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who was killed in 2006 in Iraq. His son Jordan was 7 months old at the time, and King wrote life lessons for him in a journal to read throughout his life.
The last time Washington took on directorial duties was for 2016’s “Fences,” based on August Wilson’s famed play of the same name. Washington’s film, which he starred in with Viola Davis, received four Oscar nominations in 2017, including Best Picture. Davis walked away with the Best Actress award that year.
“Journal for Jordan’s” screenplay was written by Virgil Williams, who wrote the 2017 film “Mudbound,” which also received three Oscar nods.
The news of Jordan and Washington teaming up comes almost a year after they sat down for a dual interview with The New York Times, and the “Training Day” actor said he was passing the baton to Jordan. Washington also stated that he wants to help as many minorities in the film industry as possible.
“The way I see it, I’m in the service business now,” he said in April 2018. “I’m here to serve God, my family and young people of color in our business. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m still in the race.”
“And I’m passing the baton,” he added. “What a lot of people don’t know is, when you pass the baton, you keep running behind the other runner, you don’t just stop. I’m like, I like helping people. I want to see them do well.”