Last year, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan was set to star in The Silver Bear, where he'll play a hitman named Columbus. Now, that film has found another one of its key figures with Gerard McMurray, who's on board to write and direct the picture.
McMurray most recently saw success with 2018's The First Purge, the fourth and highest-grossing installment of the series. McMurray directed the film, which was only his second feature after 2017's Burning Sands, which McMurray co-wrote in addition to directing.
Additionally, Gerard McMurray has a history with star Michael B. Jordan, as he worked as an associate producer on Fruitvale Station back in 2013. Following successful stints on television in shows like The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood, Fruitvale Station provided Jordan with critical notoriety and a breakout role in the film industry that helped establish him as one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
“Fruitvale Station changed our lives," McMurray told Deadline. "Six years later I’m reuniting with Michael in 2019 and directing him in one of the most exciting and intelligent kick-ass action projects Hollywood and Lionsgate has cooking. It’s beyond dreams.”
The Silver Bear is based on the Derek Haas novel that follows one of the most feared hitmen in the criminal underworld as he tracks a high-profile politician. Released in 2008, The Silver Bear is the first of four books in Haas' series, the film rights to which have been picked up by Lionsgate, the cinematic home of another famous film hitman - John Wick. Haas, along with Michael Garnett and Tobias Weymar will serve as executive producers on the film.
Before this film ever happens though, McMurray's work can next be seen on the new Jordan Peele reboot of The Twilight Zone, where he's directed one episode, and Michael B. Jordan can currently be heard voicing Julian Chase on Gen: Lock.