The Black Panther actor snapped up the rights to the book along with Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the first project in the first-look deal Jordan's production company, Outlier Society, signed with the studio in January.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf is written by acclaimed author Marlon James, who will be an executive producer on the project. The book focuses on a character named Tracker and tells the story of a slave trader who hires several mercenaries to bring back a kidnapped boy. It takes place in an African fantasy land that includes giants, witches and shape-shifters.
The book has been critically lauded — Neil Gaiman is among its many fans — and is being called an African Game of Thrones. It is the first in an expected trilogy penned by James. No writer has been hired for the adaptation yet.
Jordan, of course, is mostly known by fans as a talented actor. He's starred as Killmonger in Black Panther and Adonis Creed in the Rocky spin-off movies Creed and Creed II. However, he's been building his body of work as a producer, as well.
The actor won a PGA Award for Outlier's adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 for HBO Films. His company is working on numerous other projects including the recently-premiered animated series gen:LOCK and the sci-fi series Raising Dion.