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Will Smith’s last two starring roles were for sci-fi oriented films (After Earth and Men in Black 3), and it appears that the actor is keen on continuing that trajectory for his next project. The Wrap reports that Smith is in early talks to star in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance, which is being developed as a potential tentpole for Legendary and Universal. The pic is based on the Marcus Sakey novel of the same name and takes place in a world where once percent of people are born with heightened cognitive abilities, dubbed “brilliants.” Smith would play a federal agent whose gift is put to good use hunting terrorists, but he meets his match when he must track down another "brilliant" who is bent on igniting a civil war. David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds) penned the screenplay, and Julius Onah (God Particle) is set to direct. Onah is also developing a separate sci-fi project for Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.
Smith seems like a solid choice to lead this kind of high-concept thriller, and his attachment would certainly put the film on the fast track towards production. The actor will next be seen onscreen opposite Margot Robbie in the con man pic Focus, which opens next February. Read a synopsis for Sakey's Brilliance after the jump.
Here's the synopsis for Marcus Sakey's Brilliance:
In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 ...
Well it looks like Roland Emmerich is going to have to use the version of the script that doesn't include Will Smith, because the star has reportedly decided against appearing in the Independence Day sequel. The "Will He? Won't He?" game has been played for a number of years now, and even though a new report states that Smith has decided against starring in the sequel, nothing has been officially confirmed just yet.
The sequel, however, will soldier on with or without Smith. Emmerich and writing partner Dean Devlin turned two versions of their script over to screenwriter James Vanderbilt: one centering on Smith's hero character Steven Hiller, and one without him entirely. Apparently Smith hasn't broken the final news to Emmerich just yet, but we'll be sure to let you know when we hear more. (Via Deadline)
Director D.J. Caruso (I Am Number Four) is now attached to direct the supernatural thriller Selling Time. Scripted by Dan McDermott, the story follows a man who is given a chance to relive the worst day of his life in order to avert a tragedy in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy. It sounds a bit like a mash-up of In Time and Seven Pounds. That last film is a fitting comparison, since Will Smith is still circling the lead role, although there is no official commitment on his part at this time. Caruso will also oversee a new draft of the script by McDermott for 20th Century Fox. (Via Deadline)
Warner Bros.’ remake of the 1971 Bill Cosby/Richard Pryor comedy Uptown Saturday Night is getting a rewrite. Variety reports that Forgetting Sarah Marshall director and Get Him to the Greek scribe Nicholas Stoller has been brought on to pen a rewrite of the script in an effort to fast-track the redo. The project has a promising pedigree, with Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) onboard to direct and Will Smith and Denzel Washington attached to star. The original film revolved around two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class illegal club, only to find themselves in hot water.
McKay wants Uptown Saturday Night to be his next film after completing Anchorman 2 and Smith and Washington must both approve of the script before things move forward, so Stoller is hoping to have a draft ready by next month. If the script delivers, all involved are geared up to start production next summer.
20th Century Fox has tapped Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) to direct the adventure picture The City That Sailed, now officially starring Will Smith (Independence Day). Scripted by Audrey Wells (The Game Plan), the story "centers on a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean." With Smith as the father, I'll give you three guesses on who will likely play the daughter. Hit the jump for more.
Deadline reports that Levy and Smith are both on board for The City That Sailed. Smith's name has been attached to this project since he wrapped on Men in Black 3, but now he's officially on board. There's no current information as to how this news affects Smith's schedule for a possible return to the Independence Day sequel, but since that film's release date was pushed back a year, perhaps there's still a chance. The latest news on Smith has him circling the supernatural thriller Selling Time for 20th Century Fox. He’s also set to star opposite Margot Robbie in Focus and is attached to a reboot of The Wild Bunch.
Levy has wanted to work with Smith for some time, going back to at least two years ago when the director dropped the Fantastic Voyage remake when the A-list star passed on the picture. Levy and Fox are prepping for a start of production on Night at the Museum 3 early next year. The London-centric story features Robin Williams and Dan Stevens, with Ben Stiller expected to return in the starring role.
Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus has developed a reputation for crafting intimate and engrossing relationship dramas using his signature improvisational style, and for his next project the filmmaker plans to apply his talents to the sci-fi genre. I spoke with Doremus earlier this year at Sundance where he premiered his excellent new drama Breathe In, and the director noted that he planned on venturing “into the futuristic, semi sci-fi love story land,” but utilizing his improvisational style. Now Deadline reports that Doremus is courting Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult to star in the pic, titled Equals, for an early 2014 production start date.
Plot details regarding Equals are unknown at this point, but Moon scribe Nathan Parker penned the screenplay. Doremus’ shooting style involves improvising nearly every scene, so if Hoult and Stewart sign on, they’ll have a hefty job ahead of them. Hit the jump for news concerning Will Smith starring in a supernatural thriller.
Additionally, The Wrap reports that Will Smith is attaching himself to star in the supernatural thriller Selling Time for 20th Century Fox. Penned by Dan McDermott, the story “follows a man who is given a chance to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy.” An official deal is not yet in pace for Smith to star, but a number of A-list directors are apparently circling the project and firmly attaching Smith would make the film even more of a draw. McDermott is poised to perform a rewrite ...
The question of whether or not Will Smith will be in Independence Day 2 continues to churn on. Four months ago, director Roland Emmerich said Smith wouldn't be returning for the sequel. Then two months ago, Smith was apparently in talks to reprise his role as fighter pilot/alien puncher Captain Steven Hiller. Uncertainty continues to swirl around the project, and it looks like it will move forward with or without Smith. Emmerich has screenplays to do either, and he's not afraid to use them.
Hit the jump for more.
While doing the press rounds to promote the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release for White House Down, Emmerich told The Playlist that the status of Independence Day 2 was "A daily battle ... The budget, the schedules, the actors … [but] It's looking good." But what about bringing Will Smith back? Emmerich was reportedly more evasive on this question, but then said screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt had written "two versions" of the script. One has Smith and one doesn't. Emmerich added that the version featuring Smith was looking good.
This leads to the question of how big Smith's role can possibly be. Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum are expected to return, and Michael B. Jordan is heavily tipped to have a role, which could be Hiller's kid from the first movie but all grown up. If Hiller is a major character in the sequel, then he has a heavy influence on the plot. If he's a minor character, then it almost negates the point of having Smith in the first place, ...
Though producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s recent hits are mostly massive, wide-appeal tentpole fare like the Pirates of the Caribbean series and National Treasure, he made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s for producing more R-rated content like Bad Boys and, to great success, Beverly Hills Cop. Though CBS passed on a pilot adaptation of Beverly Hills Cop earlier this year, Paramount is now trying to get a fourth feature film off the ground and it appears that Bruckehimer—who produced the first and second BHC films—is keen on coming back to produce the fourth film. Moreover, the report adds that Bruckheimer is helping develop a script for the long-awaited Bad Boys 3 (!!!). Hit the jump for more.
Eddie Murphy has been trying to get Beverly Hills Cop 4 off the ground for quite some time, and he recently nabbed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol scribes Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to pen the script. Variety reports that Bruckheimer is in talks to produce the pic, which would mark a major step forward for the long-in-development feature.
More excitingly, though, Variety’s report buries this little nugget: “Bruckheimer is helping to develop the script for Bad Boys 3.” The last solid word we heard on this project was over three years ago when Martin Lawrence revealed that he had recently talked to Michael Bay and Will Smith about the project. Since then, there has been zero movement.
One has to wonder if the success of Bay’s smaller-scale Pain & Gain—which very much resembled ...
Oh M. Night, the downward spiral of uninteresting projects continues. The first trailer for his latest movie has all the originality of Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan bumping heads together and saying to themselves AVATAR was a huge hit, let’s just do that, but to break things up a bit how bout we give the whole thing an I AM LEGEND vibe. In case you were wondering, none of this is a compliment, especially when I tell you that I was not a fan of AVATAR and aside from the awesome visual style of I AM LEGEND it was extremely disappointing.
AFTER EARTH’s first trailer, being tossed around as a teaser is not a teaser at all. The video is two and a half minutes long and shows a ton of footage. All of it is people struggling to survive in an alien world where creature/animals are trying to kill them- both are aspects of AVATAR and I AM LEGEND not to mention any other number of films. I never bothered with THE LAST AIRBENDER after Shyamalan’s last couple horrid offerings and have pretty much lost all hope that he has anything worth watching anymore. Maybe I’m wrong and maybe AFTER EARTH turns out to be at least passible- I will say that a lot of the visuals looked cool, but that does not always equal a successful film.
The film stars father and son duo Will and Jayden Smith with Shyamalan on as director. It will hit theaters June 7, 2013.
What do you think of the trailer for AFTER EARTH?
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In celebration of the release of MEN IN BLACK 3 I have put together a list of my favorite movies featuring Will Smith. The criteria for this list may seem a bit mixed as I put it together not to reflect how good the movie is, but how much I liked Will Smith in it. Therefore, instead of being a top list of his movies it’s more a top 5 of my favorite Will Smith performances/characters in his many movies.
It became kind of a double edged sword when it came to picking performances. Smith has his fair share of dramatic performances that he is usually very good at delivering, but also more action movie roles where he shouts and wise cracks his way through which are fun in their own right. I won’t even blame anyone for any venomous things they have to say here because as much as I hate to admit it, some of my favorite performances of his are movies that a lot of people probably hate.
Hancock (Hancock) - I’m just as down about the end direction of HANCOCK as most people, but I was 100% on board with Smith’s portrayal of the drunken bad boy superhuman for the first half of the movie. I like the dark side Will Smith lets loose from time to time and seeing him uppercut a mouthy little brat miles in the air I found disturbingly hilarious. However, once we get into the second half and the ridiculous climax of the groupie one night stand had my willingness to play along with the film hanging by a thread.
Men In Black (Jay) - When I was much younger I really loved the first MEN IN BLACK film. I skipped the second one in theaters and didn’t catch it on DVD till well after the release and didn’t care for it all that much. Remains to be seen if I make time theatrically to MEN IN BLACK 3 but I will say that just from the trailers it looks funner than the second. I really enjoyed Smith’s origin story to becoming Agent J in MEN IN BLACK and still like to check it out when it comes on cable or on DVD once in a while. I always crack up during the scene when he’s in the room taking the test and he loudly pulls the table over so he has something to write on. Smith though has had finer moments in action comedy, but MEN IN BLACK remains one of my favorites of his.
Independence Day (Captain Steven Hiller) - Possibly one of the tent pole films of Smith’s that many people quote to this day- not that the rest don’t have their moments- but few have the same ring as “Welcome to Earth.” INDEPENDENCE DAY is another favorite from my younger days due mostly to the visual spectacle of the alien ship’s deadly main weapon that destroys the White House and other buildings in cities over the world. Will Smith tends to be one of the more enjoyable characters in the film especially when he is dishing out one liners and punching aliens.
Bad Boys/Bad Boys 2 (Mike Lowery) - Michael Bay has been building a long list of loud, exceedingly dumb and very expensive looking action movies and if any are somewhat redeemable I would have to go with the BAD BOYS series. It’s been a while since there was a movie I liked Martin Lawrence in and this is one of my favorite roles of his. However, Will Smith is the anchor of both films- his attitude and ability to mix comedy into more serious action chops makes some of the dumber aspects of BAD BOYS more bearable. Smith’s line delivery makes the sophomoric humor in Bay’s movie less cringe worthy as well- somewhat anyway. Regardless, Will Smith makes this series as watchable as it is for me.
I Am Legend (Robert Neville) - Last but not least the severely uneven adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel features my favorite Will Smith performance to date. The film itself starts off phenomenally before really going off the rails towards the end and severely dropping the ball on the creature CGI. Smith is just fantastic in the movie though- the camera winking is completely missing and replaced by some serious dramatic chops. I personally love the scene when he finds his favorite mannequin, Frank, in the street where he shouldn’t be and the scene that immediately follows between him and his dog. Even during the shaky ending Smith gives it his all, it’s just the film that lets him down in the end.