Now here’s a franchise starter that actually sounds sort of intriguing!
Danny Boyle is set to direct Michael B. Jordan in Methuselah, based on the man from the Bible who lived to be almost 1000. The film has been in development for some time now at Warner Bros. and was originally going to star Tom Cruise.
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) is in talks to rewrite the being eyed to rewrite the script. Tony Gilroy wrote the last draft of the screenplay. Apparently, the film was going to be closer tied to the Biblical figure, but Variety states that the plan now is to take “a new approach with the plot.”
The film is now being written with the potential for it to turn into a full-blown franchise. Highlander and its mythology is being used as inspiration. The site states that the “idea is for Jordan to play a man who has managed to survive for hundreds of years, without showing the physical signs of age. In that time, he has accumulated vast intellectual knowledge, from multiple languages to the sciences, as well as survival skills.”
My mind is immediately going to Liam Neeson in Taken and his particular set of skills, and that makes me bummed he’s not involved. Who doesn’t want to see Neeson playing a near immortal badass who legit has acquired numerous skills in his long life? Uh, me!
I like Jordan and Boyle. They both give it their all in each of their films, and I’m excited to see this project come together. I enjoyed Boyle’s Yesterday and Jordan was easily the best part of Black Panther. Fingers crossed they’ll be able to work their magic together for Methuselah.
Does the premise of this flick interest you, or has it already been done? Do you think Boyle and Jordan can turn this material into something interesting? Tell us in the comments!