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Men Who Kill being developed as a Bad Boys-like vehicle for Michael B Jordan

Apr. 17, 2014by:

It has become something of a running gag on this site in reference to Michael B. Jordan being cast in almost every new project starting up in Hollywood from THE FANTASTIC FOUR, the ROCKY spin-off focused on Apollo Creed, and more. But, in order to maximize on Jordan's popularity while the iron is hot, Fox has commissioned a new script from ARROW creator Greg Berlanti based on a pitch by T.J. Fixman.

Deadline says the film is titled MEN WHO KILL and vaguely describes the CIA-centric action flick as an "international BAD BOYS" which could mean almost anything. I take it to mean a violent, over the top, buddy movie with a lot of box office potential.

Most of the negativity towards Michael B. Jordan has centered on the decision by Fox and director Josh Trank to cast the actor in the role of Johnny Storm, a character that has traditionally been Caucasian. While I have no issue with flipping gender, race, or anything of the sort if it works within the confines of the story, the backlash has been audible. Fox has worked with Jordan on Josh Trank's CHRONICLE and seems to want to continue working with him.

It is tough at this point to tell what exactly MEN WHO KILL will turn into but at this point I would expect to see a heck of a lot more Michael B. Jordan.

Source: Deadline

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1:06PM on 04/18/2014

Talented but over-saturating the market

I think he is a very talented young actor and he has some very good performances to come if he picks the right parts. This kind of stuff along with the train wreck that will be FF aren't going to help him. If they do a black buddy movie in the style of Bad Boys I think MBJ and Anthony Mackie could make an interesting pair in both the comical side as well as being believable in the action sequences...but this just seems like a cookie cutter cash grab...would much rather see Bad Boys 3 with MBJ
I think he is a very talented young actor and he has some very good performances to come if he picks the right parts. This kind of stuff along with the train wreck that will be FF aren't going to help him. If they do a black buddy movie in the style of Bad Boys I think MBJ and Anthony Mackie could make an interesting pair in both the comical side as well as being believable in the action sequences...but this just seems like a cookie cutter cash grab...would much rather see Bad Boys 3 with MBJ in a supporting role
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8:21PM on 04/17/2014
I just dont get how he got this in demand
I just dont get how he got this in demand
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7:54PM on 04/17/2014
He's a good actor. I just wish he wasn't wasting his time with films like the Fantastic Four and/or That Awkward Moment.

He needs to pick more interesting films like Chronicle and Fruitvale Station.
He's a good actor. I just wish he wasn't wasting his time with films like the Fantastic Four and/or That Awkward Moment.

He needs to pick more interesting films like Chronicle and Fruitvale Station.
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4:59PM on 04/17/2014

still haven't seen Fruitvale or anything with this guy

but on a Bad Boys related note, I can't wait for Pt 3 and always thought that Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain -- hey the connections there, Captain America 2) has a bit of a cocky old school Will Smith like vibe going on. I thought it would be neat if he was introduced in BB3 as Smith's long lost son or something... hell just scrap this and have Mackie in BB3 as Smith's son and Michael B Jordan as Lawrence's son haha
but on a Bad Boys related note, I can't wait for Pt 3 and always thought that Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain -- hey the connections there, Captain America 2) has a bit of a cocky old school Will Smith like vibe going on. I thought it would be neat if he was introduced in BB3 as Smith's long lost son or something... hell just scrap this and have Mackie in BB3 as Smith's son and Michael B Jordan as Lawrence's son haha
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6:11PM on 04/17/2014
Good idea but would be hard to pull off considering Smith is only 11 years older than Mackie. Smith also looks young for his age.
Good idea but would be hard to pull off considering Smith is only 11 years older than Mackie. Smith also looks young for his age.
6:11PM on 04/17/2014
So you want a 34 year old mackie to play 45 year old smiths son? Man you are all kinds of dumb.
So you want a 34 year old mackie to play 45 year old smiths son? Man you are all kinds of dumb.
2:17AM on 04/18/2014
@Con - then cousins, whaaatever man. It's the movies, reality age doesn't really matter. I'm sure there are countless instances of father and son duos in movies where in reality they aren't much older than eachother... Mackie is still new and fresh in the public's eye, i.e. 'young', whereas the public has know Will Smith for ages... it's acting, Smith could play the near-50 year old father (which he is) and Mackie could play the mid-20's or 30 year old son. I don't think the public would call
@Con - then cousins, whaaatever man. It's the movies, reality age doesn't really matter. I'm sure there are countless instances of father and son duos in movies where in reality they aren't much older than eachother... Mackie is still new and fresh in the public's eye, i.e. 'young', whereas the public has know Will Smith for ages... it's acting, Smith could play the near-50 year old father (which he is) and Mackie could play the mid-20's or 30 year old son. I don't think the public would call BS on that, nevermind look up or even actually know the real ages of these actors.
9:33PM on 04/19/2014
The age difference in real life has no effect as long as the actor or actress is believable as a child. Luke Ford played Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello's child in The Mummy 3 and was only 13 and 14 years younger than them. Ashton Holmes played Maria Bello's son in A History of Violence and is just shy of 11 years younger than her. That being said I think bringing Mackie into a Bad Boys 3 movie would be cool and he would do well but I think it would be more fitting to bring him in as a long lost
The age difference in real life has no effect as long as the actor or actress is believable as a child. Luke Ford played Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello's child in The Mummy 3 and was only 13 and 14 years younger than them. Ashton Holmes played Maria Bello's son in A History of Violence and is just shy of 11 years younger than her. That being said I think bringing Mackie into a Bad Boys 3 movie would be cool and he would do well but I think it would be more fitting to bring him in as a long lost brother rather than a son.
4:38PM on 04/17/2014

im starting to not like this guy

because I feel like they are forcing him down our throats with every possible movie. Even the ones he doesnt belong in (i.e Fantastic Four)
because I feel like they are forcing him down our throats with every possible movie. Even the ones he doesnt belong in (i.e Fantastic Four)
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8:07PM on 04/17/2014
So it's his fault studio's want him based in his acting ability?
So it's his fault studio's want him based in his acting ability?
4:07PM on 04/17/2014

Michael B. Jordan's an excellent young actor

Dane DeHaan blew him out of the water in CHRONICLE, but that's hardly his fault. I'd like to see him in more good projects; I think he has an opportunity to be a solid leading man.
Dane DeHaan blew him out of the water in CHRONICLE, but that's hardly his fault. I'd like to see him in more good projects; I think he has an opportunity to be a solid leading man.
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