Is it too early to call Michael B. Jordan a “breakout movie star”? Ugh, I guess. But damnit, maybe I can will his much-deserved mega-stardom into existence just by typing it. The kid oozes talent out of every pore. Many of us are already half in love with him thanks to his rock solid work on “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood.” He was, without a doubt, the most charismatically great part of last year’s Chronicle. I had hoped that with this year’s Fruitvale Station, his star would be on an unstoppable upwards trajectory. But while the buzz on Fruitvale Station is good, it ain’t great.
But Jordan’s fledgling movie career isn’t the point. The point is that this kid is not content to dazzle in front of the camera, he wants to create his own TV show. And man, I’m sorry to continue to gush so much, but it sounds great. In an interview with Bill Simmons on Monday, Jordan announced he’s developing a basketball-based show set in Detroit. He went on to explain his fascination with the recently bankrupted Motor City: “I just think Detroit is such an interesting city. The automotive industry kind of destroyed that town when they went away and started outsourcing jobs and stuff like that.” Okay, no, not the most eloquent stuff. Not a David Simon-level observation there. But a show like that? Basically the Love Child of “Friday Night Lights” and “The Wire” (or, possibly, “Treme”)? That could be downright incredible. No news on whether or not Jordan would want to act in the project, but, ah, I wouldn’t object.