Jordan is about to get pyrokinetic for Fantastic Four, but his next project will tackle a more grounded kind of hero. We’ve been wondering what director Destin Cretton would do following his powerful feature debut, and The Wrap reports that his next project is titled Just Mercy, with Jordan set to star in the leading role – those are two mighty talented people combing their forces for a film that will undoubtedly send you reeling for a box of Kleenex.
Broad Green Pictures has acquired Stevenson’s book, which The Blind Side producer Gil Netter will produce. Just Mercy was a memoir that told of Stevenson’s first case, that of Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. The case drew Stevenson into a web of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship, transforming his understanding of justice and mercy.
Cretton and Andrew Lanham are adapting the book which recently won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction from the American Library Association. “He’s part of an awesome team alongside Gil, Michael and Andrew, and together they will make a historic film”.
“Bryan’s story hit me harder than anything I’ve read in a long time”. “I’m humbled and honored to have the opportunity to bring his story to the screen. With Michael, Gil, Andrew and the Broad Green team on board, I’m confident we’re going to make something very special”, said Cretton.
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Cretton is handled by WME and Stone Meyer.
Cretton is known for directing Short Term 12, which followed a supervisor (Brie Larson) at a group home for troubled youth. Netter is also a producer on Glass Castle.
Jordan, meanwhile, broke through with Ryan Coogler’s fact-based indie drama Fruitvale Station.
WME represents Jordan, Cretton and Netter, while Jordan is also managed by MGMT.