Actor Michael B. Jordan has launched his own production company named Outlier Productions.
The Creed star, who has been acting professionally since he was around 12 years old, has signed Wynn Wygal, who previously worked at Mad Chance Productions, to act as Vice President of his new organization.
They have already signed a multi-year first-look film and TV production deal with Skydance Media, which has released films as True Grit, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond and World War Z. The company started its television division in 2013 and currently only has TV series Grace and Frankie on air.
The Fruitvale Station star's first project under the deal is scripted drama Apollo Park. It is thought that as well as co-creating the show, Michael will also star in it, telling the tale of a young basketball player's rise to fame and the effects of his success. The program was co-created and written by Eric Amadio, with Michael calling it a "passion project of mine".
He describes the show as "an underdog tale about a very real and very heroic hustler who defies stereotypes and thrives against great odds," and said he loves telling true and modern stories.
"Eric and I are excited to join forces with the incredible creative team at Skydance to share it with the world," he said to The Hollywood Reporter. "I’m also very eager to start this new chapter in my career by launching my production company and I am thrilled to have Wynn join my team."
The 29-year-old serves as executive producer alongside Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
"Michael is an incredibly gifted actor and storyteller whose proven track record on both the big and small screen together with his boundless ambitions make him an ideal partner for us at Skydance,” Skydance CEO Ellison said in a statement. “We are so excited to team up with Michael and Eric on Apollo Park, a riveting sports drama about courage, perseverance and family.”
Michael is no stranger to TV - he has enjoyed roles in The Sopranos, All My Children, The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood throughout his career.