News: Will Smith In Talks For Fantasy Film

Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 4:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Blockbuster actor Will Smith is reportedly in talks to star in the upcoming City That Sailed fantasy-based film.

In addition to Smith's Overbrook production company overseeing the project, the actor would also re-join forces with the I Am Legend director.

Francis Lawrence may be reuniting with Will Smith for a fantastical drama titled The City That Sailed at Twentieth Century Fox. The director is developing the project, which is being produced by Smith's Overbrook banner, with an eye to direct. Written by Andrew Niccol, the studio picked up the spec in 2006, however, no deals are made for either Lawrence or Smith. Smith has also yet to choose his next project to follow his drama Seven Pounds. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The setting would primarily take place around New York City and England.

Touted as a fantasy drama, the flick follows a street magician father and his daughter who reside on opposite ends of the Atlantic after circumstances force her to move to England. Her desire to be reunited with her dad is so strong that she causes the island of Manhattan to break off from the rest of North America and drift across the ocean. (E! Online)

Additional writers and producers have been added for the upcoming project.

Ocean's Thirteen scribes Brian Koppelman and David Levien have been hired to rewrite a script originally penned by Truman Show scribe Andrew Niccol. Smith will produce with Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter. (Variety)

Smith is also in talks to star in the forthcoming American Can film based on Hurricane Katrina hero John Keller.

Keller, the 6-foot-7 ex-Marine who rescued 244 of his neighbors at the American Can Company apartment complex in Mid-City and emerged as one of the memorable heroes of Hurricane Katrina, will be the subject of a feature film expected to star Will Smith as Keller. Overbrook executive Jeff Sommerville confirmed that Smith is likely to play the role and has also decided to co-produce the film. The writer and director of the project will be John Lee Hancock. (NOLA News)

No further information has been released on either project.

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