Michael B. Jordan and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II have united to produce the adaptation of a New York Times article ‘I Help Destroy People.’
The feature will also see Abdul-Mateen star in the project.
The story will follow an FBI agent who was tasked with infiltrating Muslim communities post-9/11 as the only Black agent at his bureau. However, he grew so disillusioned by the War on Terror and what he saw as the agency’s violations of its rules on domestic terrorism that, after 16 years and commendations signed by directors Robert Mueller and James Comey, he began leaking classified documents to the press, hoping to expose a system that abused innocents. A morning sting operation apprehended him, and he landed a four-year stint in prison, convicted under the Espionage Act.
Ben Watkins will pen the script. Elizabeth Raposo as well as by Abdul-Mateen’s House Eleven10 will produce.
Abdul-Mateen most recently starred in Nia DaCosta’s 2021 follow-up of ‘Candyman’, he will next be seen starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Michael Bay action movie ‘Ambulance.’
Jordan is currently working on the third film in the ‘Rocky’ spin-off franchise ‘Creed III’ in which he stars and also directs.