The Black Panther and Creed duo, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, are teaming again for the Wrong Answer biopic.
At this point, Black Panther might just be the biggest superhero movie of all-time. Opening larger than any solo superhero film yet—bigger than Batman, Spider-Man, or Iron Man—and having a larger four-day haul than even Marvel Studios’ highest grossing film, The Avengers, all eyes are certainly on Ryan Coogler’s newest film. But for fans of the merely 31-year-old filmmaker, as well as the film’s villain played by Michael B. Jordan, this and the movie’s overall sterling quality is hardly a surprise. After all, it’s Coogler and Jordan’s third collaboration, as well as their third success.
Indeed, the duo teamed on Coogler’s directorial debut, the harrowing Fruitvale Station, before graduating to a franchise film that landed on the awards circuit with Creed. Black Panther is certainly their biggest collaboration yet, even if Jordan played the villain (and Marvel’s best to date). And it won’t be their last. The pair are next due to team for Wrong Answer, a dramatization of the Atlanta school cheating scandal.
The project has been set-up at New Regency (who will finance and produce the picture) as well as Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company. The film will also be working from a screenplay by the esteemed author and journalist, Ta-Nehishi Coates. In the film, Jordan will play Damany Lewis, a math teacher who struggles to see his students pass (and his school survive) the unrealistic standardized testing requirements that have been mandated by the No Child Left Behind program. Thus in an effort to help save his colleagues’ jobs, and keep the local school open, he joins an effort to cheat on the scores of the standardized testing and give his students a chance, which will ultimately result in the conviction of 11 teachers on racketeering charges.
This will again be Coogler and Jordan’s fourth collaboration, as well as their first with Coates, who has contributed to The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is also the current writer of the Black Panther comic book series published by Marvel Comics, perhaps not so coincidentally enough.