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Will Smith to Play a Vampire in ‘The Legend of Cain’

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Will Smith is a busy man — a perusal of his current list of “in development” projects lists no less than 30(!) titles the actor is involved with, and that’s not even counting things like Men in Black III. However, the actor apparently found a few weeks in the next few years that weren’t full in his day planner and decided he needed to remedy that situation as soon as possible.

Deadline New York has the details on the performer’s latest project — a movie entitled The Legend of Cain. This Biblical tale with a twist would find Smith both producing and starring as Cain — “the original bad boy.” Of course, since this is Hollywood in 2010, don’t go in expecting something like The Ten Commandments … no, instead it’s a retelling of the classic Bible story with — wait for it — vampires!

Smith’s going to produce the flick with Overbrook Entertainment based off a script by Caleeb Pinkett and Dan Knauf. If you figured out that Caleeb is Jada Pinkett-Smith’s younger brother and that it might have helped this deal along, you too can be a Hollywood insider. No studio or director has been picked yet for the film, but Overbrook is currently coming off the success of The Karate Kid (starring Smith’s son) which has grossed over $200 million worldwide to date.

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Original article by Alison Nastasi

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Smith &Theron Back for Hancock 2?

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Will Smith’s superhero movie Hancock may have divided comic-book fans — some liked it, some not so much — but regardless it made enough cash to warrant the go-ahead on a sequel. And now director Peter Berg is saying that the first film’s stars, namely Smith and Charlize Theron, will be back for part two.

“Everybody’s going to come back for a sequel,” Berg said in response to a question about the two stars, reports MTV’s Splash Page. There’s no word on the status of Jason Bateman’s sad-sack character from the original, however.

Berg will be helming the sequel, which he says will feature the appearance of at least one more of the super-powered, god-like beings portrayed by Smith in the first film.

“We have [someone in mind for the role],” Berg tells the site. “I’m not gonna tell you who, but we have!”

Will Smith Has the Golden Touch

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

The verdict is in. Will Smith is the nicest guy in Hollywood. Read on:

His movies may tank. Expectations of his bankable gross may send bean-counters into a tizzy. But for all the ups and downs that have marked Will Smith’s 18-year career, he’s still jiggy with the masses. The man will never be called “box office poison”- Hancock or not.

That may sound bold, if not flat-out arrogant, given Smith will only celebrate his 40th birthday this September and Hollywood is often quick to be fickle, but it’s not like he hasn’t faced down disastrous receipts before.

Wild Wild West cost Warner Bros. an estimated $160 million to produce and pulled in $113 million in domestic release, earning it the Razzie for worst film of the year in 1999 and bumping director Barry Sonnenfeld down to the B-list where he continues to linger, pumping out the likes of the poop-focused family film, RV, and low-profile TV serials such as Pushing Daisies.

Usually, it’s the star who takes the heat for a flop – not the director – as witnessed by Tom Cruise’s post-Oprah, post-Mission: Impossible III flameout. MI:III director J.J. Abrams escaped the wrath of studio execs and went on to direct episodes of The Office, produced Cloverfield and nabbed the enviable job of directing the next Star Trek feature. Cruise, meanwhile, was given his walking papers and asked to leave his production home on the Paramount lot – even though Mission made money and received favourable reviews.

So what makes Will Smith so special? How did the Fresh Prince emerge as the millennium’s most charismatic – and apparently bankable star? (Despite weak reviews, Hancock lifted off to an impressive start Tuesday evening with more than $6.8 million in single-day receipts.)

By dissecting his career moves, cross-referencing them with those of his colleagues and keeping up with the gossip, gadflies and gawkers – one can isolate the six degrees that separate Smith from the pack and give him what appears to be unsinkable star power, and earns him the title of Newsweek Magazine’s “Most Powerful Man in Hollywood.”

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Pursuit of Happyness

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006


Will Smith knocks one out of the park with Pursuit of Happyness. Read on:

When I mentioned to a friend that I was covering Will Smith’s new movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, the only thing he said to me was “make sure you ask Will Smith why the hell they misspelled ‘happiness’.” Well, rest assured, Steve, the answer to that question (and many others) lies in the movie itself; besides, Will Smith stopped returning my calls months ago (if only I hadn’t pressed him so hard on that “Parents Just Don’t Understand” follow-up, “Parents Really Just Don’t Understand”). But at any rate, Smith gives the performance of his career in a movie for which phrases like “heart-warming” and “life-affirming” were made, or if not they would certainly have had to be invented.

Smith plays Chris Gardner, a struggling salesman who spends his days trying to sell expensive, unnecessary medical equipment to doctors who don’t need it. When he randomly runs into a Wall Street trader who informs him all one needs to do his job is be good with people and numbers, Chris decides to pursue a coveted internship at a brokerage; unfortunately, the job is unpaid, which means that he will have to support himself and his son Christopher (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) without any promise of a paying job in the future.

There isn’t much more to tell about Happyness in terms of plot, but it’s not because nothing happens; rather, the obstacles that Chris faces are likely familiar to many or most people who watch, read about or follow underdog stories like this. The difference between this tale and others, however, is that it’s based upon a true story – naturally with some of the details changed. For example, the real Chris Gardner’s son was only about a year old, not five as in the film; whether this was changed because the real story seemed too outlandish or just because Smith’s son Jaden was available to play the role remains unknown, but rather than undermining the believability of the tale it adds a counterpoint – namely, the child’s perspective – that enriches Gardner’s struggles.

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Pursuit of Happyness

Monday, October 23rd, 2006


Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a marginally employed salesman and a single father, struggling with the mother (Thandie Newton) of his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith). When they are evicted from their apartment, Gardner finds himself alone with his son in San Francisco and no place to go. Even when Gardner lands an intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, it pays no money. Forced to live in shelters, enduring many hardships as he goes through their program, Chris refuses to let this dampen his spirits as he pursues his dream of security for himself and his son.

Cast: Will Smith, Alissa Anderegg, Andy Arness, Phil Austin, Mia Bernardino, Ben Billingsley; Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

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