Will Smith and his production company Overbook Entertainment procured the rights to the film and its sequels in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2012 that Warner Bros. announced Anchorman and Step Brothers helmer Adam McKay would direct, while Smith and Denzel Washington would star as the leads.
This will be the third rewrite the film has seen — Cop Out writers Mark and Rob Cullen are reported to have taken a crack at it in 2010, while This Means War scribe Tim Dowling was brought on in August for a rewrite. ...
- Jess Goodwin
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