Creed star Michael B. Jordan is being eyed to star as a mobster in Fox’s new action drama A Bittersweet Life. Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who made her directorial debut with Kung Fu Panda 2, is set to helm. Deadline first reported the news.
The film is a remake of a 2005 South Korean movie written and directed by Kim Jee-woon and starring Lee Byung-hun. The story follows a mobster loyal to his crime boss, except for a new assignment which he finds difficult to enforce for personal reasons. He is asked to shadow the boss’ mistress and given the assignment to kill her if, as the boss suspects, she is having an affair. As he follows her, he develops feelings for her and he is torn between loyalty to his boss and wanting to spare her life.
The producers of the original South Korean film, CJ Entertainment, will produce the remake as well, along with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen. Jason Young will oversee the movie for Fox.
Jordan’s breakout role was in 2013’s critically well-received Fruitvale Station. He received further acclaim for his starring role as Adonis Johnson in Ryan Coogler’s Creed, which garnered an Academy Award nomination for co-star Sylvester Stallone last year. Jordan has been announced to reprise his role in the sequel, Creed II. Currently, Jordan is filming HBO’s Farenheit 451. He will re-team with Coogler in the Disney-Marvel superhero movie Black Panther, currently in post-production.
We will keep you posted as news develops on A Bittersweet Life.