Will Smith Lands First Post-Slap Role: Producing Paramount’s ‘Brilliance’

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Updated, September 20 at 6:55pm ET: Paramount showed the next information to IndieWire by way of e-mail.

Published previous: Will Smith is about to provide an adaptation of the unconventional “Brilliance,” with two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy making her narrative function directorial debut.

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Four-time Emmy winner Obaid-Chinoy maximum lately helmed Episodes 4 and 5 of Disney+ sequence “Ms. Marvel.” The adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel is produced via Paramount Pictures and has been dubbed a “passion project” for Oscar winner Smith and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who collaborated on “I, Robot,” “I Am Legend,” and “Hancock.”

The e-book facilities on Nick Cooper, a federal agent who works for the Department of Analysis and Response and is tasked with monitoring down the 1 p.c of non-neurotypical folks deemed “abnorms,” or “Brilliants,” who’re born with particular powers. The persona Nick is a father or mother of a Brilliant daughter and could also be an abnorm himself, in a “Blade Runner”-esque twist. He has the facility to look the longer term and in the end tries to forestall a civil struggle.

Smith is generating the movie thru his corporate Westbrook Studios with Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki. Screenwriter Goldsman and Greg Lessans are generating by way of Weed Road Pictures, in conjunction with Shane Salerno by way of The Story Factory, and James Lassiter. Author Marcus Sackey, who wrote the “Brilliance” novel, could also be serving as a co-producer. Sackey additionally penned sequel novels “A Better World” and “Written in Fire,” opening the door for a imaginable movie trilogy.

Director Obaid-Chinoy in the past helmed Academy Award-winning documentary shorts “Saving Face” and “A Girl in the River.”

Smith’s post-Oscars slap occupation has confirmed to be on dangle after the Best Actor winner was once banned from the Academy after assaulting presenter Chris Rock onstage. Smith issued an apology. His AppleTV+ movie “Emancipation,” directed via Antoine Fuqua and a as soon as hoped-for awards contender, is rumored to be launched this December. No free up date has been showed.

“Over the last few months, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and personal work,” the “King Richard” celebrity stated in onscreen textual content right through an apology video in July 2022. Smith stated he was once “fogged out” on the Oscars after attacking Rock.

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