Exclusively from Deadline; Endeavor Content has acquired the film rights to David Barclay Moore’s novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet, which will be used as Michael B. Jordan’s feature directorial debut. Jordan will produce the film while Moore will pen the script and serve as executive producer. The novel was published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Random House) this past September.
Synopsis of The Stars Beneath Our Feet
A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother’s death, he’s aided by his imagination and the magic of Legos.
Jordan stated, “Directing has been an area I’ve wanted to explore for some time now. The Stars Beneath Our Feet tells a story that really spoke to me, and I’m looking forward to jumping behind the camera. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented directors and it inspired me to take on this new challenge.”
The Stars Beneath Our Feet has been praised by critics with the New York times stating, “…it’s the right story at the right time, and it’s set in the right place. It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for.”
Matt de la Peña, Newbery Award–winning author of Last Stop on Market Street praised the the book for its “authentically and generously of New York.”
Moore is the former communications coordinator for Harlem Children’s Zone, and The Stars Beneath Our Feet is his debut novel.
Jordan can be seen opposite Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther for Marvel, debuting February 16, 2018. Jordan will next be working with Black Panther director and frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler on Wrong Answer.