Actor Michael B. Jordan talks about his film heroes and why he’s working so hard to amake Hollywood more inclusive.
Michael B. Jordan has had an epic year.
After a stellar turn as the savage, yet relatable, Killmonger in the smash hit “Black Panther,” the 31-year-old actor will star in the highly anticipated “Creed 2,” which is out next week.
But the man’s work doesn’t stop after the cameras stop rolling.
Jordan has been earmarking and picking out the right combination of projects that he wants to create for his company, Outlier Society Productions.
His company is also joining the push for diversity in Hollywood by adopting a contractual clause, or inclusion rider, that pushes for inclusive casts and crews. And boy does he have some diverse offerings coming down the pike, including a Netflix series about a single black mother raising a superhero and a show on Oprah’s OWN network.
Jordan spoke to “Good Morning America” as part of a charitable campaign with Honey Nut Cheerios called Good Rewards.
He’s competing against Lucy Hale and Rob Gronkowski to try to win $100,000 to donate to his charity, Feeding America. With a munificent past that includes managing food banks, Jordan said he obviously “had a personal connection to Feeding America” and “saw the importance of giving back to the community and people who are less fortunate.”
When he’s not competing against a Super Bowl champion trying to get votes for charity, Jordan is producing projects like “Raising Dion,” a viral comic that’s currently being adapted into a series for Netflix, set to debut next year.
“It’s about a single black mom raising her son with superpowers,” he said. “I feel like moms are superheroes anyway, and they don’t get enough credit.”
He’s also ushering in a show called “David Makes Man,” which he’s doing along with “Moonlight” co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney.
According to Deadline, this series focuses on “a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend.”
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“So, we got the queen, Oprah herself, shepherding that too,” Jordan said. “I also have a couple animation projects I’m doing because I love animation, and a couple movies coming down the pipe, some that I’m in, some that I’m not.”
He said that the company isn’t about creating vehicles for just himself, but “really about creating opportunities for other people … it’s called outlier for a reason.”
And while he loves producing and putting fresh artistic endeavors into the world, he can’t fight the acting bug. He may have checked off a lot of his dream roles in a short time, but he humored “GMA” with what’s still on the top of his list.
“I want to do, like, the voice of an animated movie, because I love animation, and I want to do a Jason Bourne-James Bond thriller, action-type joint,” he said.
Could he compel Matt Damon to bring back his famous former assassin-turned-protagonist?
“Matt is a buddy of mine — he’s also a big supporter of inclusion riders — he and Ben are great actors and fine gentlemen,” he said. “To be able to work with him on something would be epic.”
And then there was the wave of fans and creators who, earlier this year, urged studios to consider Jordan to be the next Superman if Henry Cavill was indeed done with the famed role. This opportunity has Jordan giddy, even if it’s a longshot.
“Just being a fan of comic books, loving fantasy … to be in the mix of a character that I used to watch all the time, it’s pretty cool,” he admitted. “It’s cool to be a part of the conversation no matter where it goes, how false, what happens, how crazy it is. It’s just cool to be talked about in that type of way.”
Source: Good Morning America
Michael B. Jordan talked to us about relating to his “Black Panther” character Killmonger, the return of Adonis Creed in “Creed II,” what it’s like being a role model, and inclusion riders.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” Starring and Executive Produced by Michael B. Jordan, First Film under WarnerMedia’s Newly Unveiled Diversity and Inclusion Policy
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WarnerMedia today unveiled a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. “Just Mercy,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Michael B. Jordan, is the first production to fall under this policy. Jordan, who serves as an executive producer on the film, and his agent Phillip Sun at WME, helped WarnerMedia launch this policy. Production begins this week in Atlanta.
The policy statement reads:
WarnerMedia companies, Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, have long been committed to diversity and inclusion as moral and business imperatives. It is essential that our content and creative partners reflect the diversity of our society and the world around us. Together with other production companies, networks, guilds, unions, talent agencies and others in the industry, we all must ensure there is greater inclusion of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and other underrepresented groups in greater numbers both in front of and behind the camera.
For our part, WarnerMedia pledges to use our best efforts to ensure that diverse actors and crew members are considered for film, television and other projects, and to work with directors and producers who also seek to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our industry. To that end, in the early stages of the production process, we will engage with our writers, producers and directors to create a plan for implementing this commitment to diversity and inclusion on our projects, with the goal of providing opportunities for individuals from under-represented groups at all levels. And, we will issue an annual report on our progress.
The companies of WarnerMedia have a historic and proven commitment to diversity and inclusion. But there is much more we can do, and we believe real progress can be made in the industry. We will work with our partners in the entertainment community to make this commitment a reality.
“I’m proud that Warner Bros. and our sister companies, HBO and Turner, are willing to state unequivocally that this is where we stand on diversity and inclusion. Our policy commits us to taking concrete action to further our goals, to measure the outcomes and to share the results publicly,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “I’m also thrilled that we were able to work with Michael B. Jordan to craft a meaningful policy and framework that will apply to all of our productions, across all of our divisions, going forward.”
“Inclusivity has always been a no-brainer for me, especially as a black man in this business. It wasn’t until Frances McDormand spoke the two words that set the industry on fire — inclusion rider — that I realized we could standardize this practice. It allowed me to formally pledge my production company, Outlier Society, to a way of doing business,” said actor, producer and CEO of Outlier Society, Michael B. Jordan. “The WarnerMedia family has introduced an approach that accomplishes our shared objectives, and I applaud them for taking this enormous step forward. I’m proud that our film, ‘Just Mercy,’ will be the first to formally represent the future we have been working toward, together. This is a legacy-bearing moment.”
“The core values of the WarnerMedia companies are built on doing innovative work in a manner that respects our creative partners, their aspirations and their individuality,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. “I am proud of the progress that the leaders of our businesses have made, and we believe this is the next logical step to improve our content and cement our leadership in contributing to positive change in the industry.”
For Warner Bros.
Dee Dee Myers
For Michael B. Jordan:
Rogers and Cowan
Source: Business Wire