The past few years have been pretty great for Michael B. Jordan. Thanks to his roles in Creed and Black Panther, he's become one of Hollywood's hottest stars. Now, Jordan is using his new status to make substantive changes in Hollywood by introducing inclusion riders on his forthcoming projects.
Jordan just signed a new first-look deal with Amazon through his Outlier Society Productions banner, according to Variety. The deal includes the requirement that Amazon includes the stipulation that all his projects include inclusive and representative hiring for both the cast and the crew.
Since creating Outlier Society Productions in 2016, Jordan has co-produced Fahrenheit 451 with HBO, of which he also starred. That TV movie even picked up an Emmy-nomination.
Jordan has already started working more on television and actually has a superhero show coming to Netflix later this year. Jordan is the producer and will also take on a small role in Raising Dion, a Netflix original series about a mother who has to raise a child with extraordinary abilities alone after his father (Jordan) dies.
Now, it seems Amazon will have first dibs on whatever comes next for Jordan on the small screen. In his statement on the new deal, Jordan pointed out that Amazon Studios has been home to some of the best "groundbreaking series" on television.
The agreement with Amazon Studios is the second for Jordan's production arm. They also signed a first-look deal for movies with Warner Bros. Studios. The next movie for Jordan will be Just Mercy, which he set up with Warner Bros.
It seems that the partnership between Michael B. Jordan and Warner Bros. was a perfect fit. Last year, WarnerMedia set up its own company-wide policy promising to become more diverse in their hiring for both cast and crew roles in TV, movie and digital productions.
The announcement of that policy was made on the exact same day that they signed on to make Just Mercy -- which was also the first movie to launch under the new rules. According to Jordan, that allowed him to achieve shared objectives with the movie studio.
Jordan also will make his directorial debut with Stars Beneath Our Feet, which was picked up by Endeavor Content.
Since Black Panther picked up the SAG Award for ensemble cast and grossed $1.3 billion worldwide and Creed II surpassed $200 million worldwide, Jordan is well on his way to becoming one of Hollywood's biggest box office draws too.