Creed star Michael B. Jordan is developing a TV series about boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The project is part of a new deal with Jordan's Outlier Society label and Amazon Studios, which also includes a first-look movie deal to produce and acquire elevated movies to showcase diversity in Amazon's ever-growing slate of original programming. Given his association to Creed, Jordan says he'd find another actor to play the part of Muhammad, but he's nevertheless stoked to delve into the late fighter's life story.
"It's an incredible honor and I bring tons of respect to it," Jordan told Deadline of the series, which is tentatively titled The Greatest. "It's a project where we've partnered with the estate and we'll be able to tell this story with no red tape. It's a limited series that will really dive into the life of Muhammad Ali. I'm not going to be too specific beyond that, but we'll be able to get to know him in ways we haven't had a chance to before. I'm really excited about it, as a boxing enthusiast and since this is the world I've been living in the past five or six years with the Creed franchise."
Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke added, "It's our quest at Amazon and my personal desire to make sure we are telling the kinds of stories that can entertain and inspire people all over the world... When I started spending time with Michael and hearing what he wanted to do, I thought, he's obviously a hugely talented actor but when I speak with him I feel like I do when I speak to someone like Nicole Kidman. He's a producer, at heart. He has a huge vision and ambition for what he wants to build. It was directly in line with where I want to go."
Michael B. Jordan was also featured in a big spot at Super Bowl LV for an ad promoting his new movie Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. The movie stars Jordan as former Navy SEAL John Clarke, a prominent character in Clancy's books, and the actor is hoping that Without Remorse will spawn a new action franchise for Clarke. It will be released on Amazon Prime on April 30. While chatting with Deadline about the Muhammad Ali series, Jordan also spoke about what it means for him to take on Without Remorse.
"I'm so excited about Without Remorse," Jordan said. "As a guy who grew up playing Rainbow Six, this was an opportunity to dive into John Kelly/John Clarke character and give him a fresh start. Growing this thing out into a franchise is something we look forward to, and we felt Without Remorse is a perfect vehicle to do that as the first big splash I will make over at Amazon."
Jordan may not be playing Muhammad Ali in The Greatest, but we still haven't seen the last of him in the ring. He is also set to return to the role of Adonis Creed in Creed III, which he will also direct. A premiere date hasn't been set for the sequel as of this time. This news comes to us from Deadline.