Barry Jenkins contines to be an in-demand director after Moonlight won Best Picture last year, and he’s attached himself to direct Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s action-thriller EXPATRIATE (formerly the Untitled Chadwick Boseman Project), which the actor wrote with writing partner Logan Coles. The Tracking Board confirms this news.
Although this might be the first time anyone’s heard about Boseman’s writing aspirations, he and his partner already sold the original pitch and script, said to be in the vein of The Fugitive, to Universal Pictures.
Boseman will star in the international dramatic thriller set around a ’70s plane hijacking. Expatriate will be produced by Marc Platt and Adam Siegel via the Universal-based Platt Productions along with Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions and Mark Ceryak with Coles acting as exec. producer. Universal’s director of development Chloe Yellin is overseeing with Mark Platt Productions’ Ryan Christians.
Jenkins is currently in post on his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk for Annapurna Pictures. Boseman just finished reprising his role as Black Panther in Marvel Studios’ back-to-back Avengers movies with his solo Black Panther movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, being released on Feb. 16.
Although not much is known about the plot for Boseman’s action-thriller, this sounds like an exciting pairing if it happens, because this would be Jenkins’ first major studio movie and foray into the action genre.
Jenkins’ involvement with the project was initially reported by Deadline.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor