Danny Boyle has set himself up to direct a new project at Warner Bros. The feature ‘Methuselah’, which will star Michael B Jordan.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ scribe Simon Beaufoy is said to be on the shortlist to pen the script, seeing the pair reunite.

Originally, the story was based on the Biblical story of a man who lived to be 969 years old. However, that story direction has seemed to have changed with sources saying the creative team want to take a new approach with the plot.

Tom Cruise was initially attached to the picture, but Warner Bros. was keen to give Michael B. Jordan the role instead as they are keen to find him more projects. The studio are hoping to make this one into a franchise, ranking it a high priority.

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Jordan will produce alongside Boyle and Heyday’s David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. Tony Gilroy wrote the last draft of the screenplay, which was based on a treatment by James Watkins.

Boyle’s last project was the feature ‘Yesterday’ featuring the songs of The Beatles. He had been attached to the next James Bond outing, ‘No Time To Die’, before parting ways on the picture due to ‘creative differences’. Previous to that, Boyle directed the sequel ‘T2: Trainspotting’ and ‘Steve Jobs’ featuring Michael Fassbender in the title role.