News: Will Smith Goes Sci-Fi, Takes "Unfinished Biz" To TV
Monday, Apr 20, 2009 1:40PM
Blockbuster actor Will Smith has teamed with the Sci Fi Channel for the upcoming production of a crime-based television drama called Unfinished Business.
Loose details revolving around the program's plot have been revealed.
The network has ordered Unfinished Business, a drama about an ex-cop who starts seeing flashes of memories from the recently deceased. The visions compel him to help wronged souls resolve their unfinished business. The network, which changes its name to Syfy on July 7, plans to air Unfinished Business as a two-hour movie that will also serve as a potential series pilot. (Reuters)
Sci Fi executive Mark Stern confirmed the partnernship with Smith.
"Sci Fi is excited to begin development on Unfinished Business with Overbrook Entertainment and Will Smith," said Stern, Executive VP of original programming at the Sci Fi network in a statement. "It is a compelling and thrilling drama that is perfect for our audience." (All Headlines News)
While it has yet to be confirmed if Smith will portray an on-screen personality, he will have a role behind the scenes.
Business is being produced through Overbrook Entertainment, with Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz executive producing. Emmy-nominated scribe Sally Robinson ("Iron Jawed Angels") will write the pilot, and Emmy winner Mikael Salomon ("Band of Brothers") is attached to direct. Both also will serve as executive producers. The project will be produced by Universal Cable Prods., with Overbrook head Heather Courtney overseeing production. (Hollywood Reporter)
Smith's hit movie franchise Men in Black was recently green lighted for a sequel.
During a presentation at the movie industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas on Wednesday (April 1), Sony distribution president Rory Bruer said that the studio is going back for thirds on the Ghostbusters and Men in Black franchises. Men in Black III is in even more of a nascent stage. Sony won't comment on whether Will Smith will be involved in the project in any way, either as an actor or producer. There is said to be interest in one screenwriter for the job, but he has not yet been hired. (Hollywood Insider)
No information has been released on when the program will officially air.