Written by Max Brooks, the graphic novel is inspired by the true story of the all African-American 369th Infantry Regiment which fought in the Us Army during World Wars I and II.
Brooks is best known for writing the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted into last year's successful zombie horror movie starring Brad Pitt.
According to Shadow and Act, Smith has struck a deal with Sony, which owns the rights to the graphic novel, to produce a live-action film.
There is no word yet on whether Smith also plans to star in the new adaptation.
He is already thought to be attached to several films in the works, including Brilliance, Focus, Hancock 2, and Bad Boys 3.
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Will Smith, whose role in the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster helped propel him to megastardom, will not be appearing in "Independence Day 2," director Roland Emmerich told the New York Daily News on Saturday. "He's too expensive," Emmerich lamented.
That admission comes hot on the heels of Thursday's announcement that 20th Century Fox would be bringing the highly anticipated sequel to big screens on July 3, 2015. The news capped more than a decade of speculation about the long-gestating sequel, but it was not immediately clear whether or not Smith would be involved. That uncertainty wouldn't last long.
"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive," Emmerich told the Daily News, "but he'd also be too much of a marquee name."
"It would be too much," he said.
The actor we've come to know as a blockbuster staple revealed in a recent interview with Digital Spy that he's considering moving away from big-budget movies. Speaking of "After Earth" Smith said, "It's been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I think I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."
The only dangerous artistic choice the Fresh Prince has made of late was the aforementioned "After Earth," which opened at No. 3 this past weekend with only $27 million. In the Digital Spy interview, which apparently took place before the weekend ended, Smith said that his biggest filmmaking fear was, "the movie opening at No. 2."
Despite this comments, don't expect
It is not too often that a Will Smith movie fails to open at No 1 so make a note of the weekend just past, when After Earth arrived in third place on $27m. With the exception of last year's cash-in Men in Black III, Smith has been off our movie screens since the self-righteous train wreck that was Seven Pounds in 2008. Perhaps he should have stayed away, because the box-office career of the man once known as Mr July 4th in homage to his seemingly inexhaustible multiplex magnetism could be in its death throes.
Men in Black III opened at No 1 in May 2012 and did extremely well in theatres, grossing $624m worldwide by the end of its run. Cast iron proof of Smith's enduring appeal, you might say.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- December 14th, 2012
It’s not really a sequel, but rather a prequel which features the cast of The Lord of the Rings in an expanded version of the classic book.
A Good Day to Die Hard- February 14th, 2013
Rumored to be the final in the Die Hard series, Bruce Willis must fight Russian terrorists in Russia with his son.
Oz: The Great and Powerful- March 8th, 2013
This will actually be a prequel to the 1939 classic, depicting the story of how Oz came to be.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation- March 29th, 2013
Starring mostly everyone in the first movie, as
Backed up by Doug E. Fresh, Smith ran through a melody of snippets, including bits of his radio hit with DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Summertime" and the theme song from his hit 90's sitcom, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." Isn't it nice to see an artist embrace his roots, rather than shunning the very moments in his career that were stepping stones to his gigantic success?
Not to worry though; even if Will goes full force back into rap, he's far from leaving his lucrative film career behind. Along with some rumored directorial projects on the horizon, Smith is slated for starring roles in "Hancock 2," "Bad Boys 3" and "I, Robot 2." Cha-ching!
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Movies used to be gold standard for actors, with George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio leaving the small screen for the big to achieve great professional and financial success.
However, times are changing, and many actors who left TV to work in movies are coming back, including Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams and Michael J. Fox. Due to the addition of cable and subscription-based original programming, better roles are being created that will give actors a chance for the recognition, awards and job security that movies no longer provide. Just look at Claire Danes, who returned to TV to star in Showtime’s Homeland, for which she’s nominated for an Emmy.
There are several actors who should return to TV, but not all of them will. Take a look at the top 10 TV stars who’ve left TV but should return:
10. America Ferrera
“Will Smith is up for any challenge, and he’s definitely up for discussing it. Whether or not that all comes out and equals us actually doing it is never known, but it’s something that we’ve talked about…We kicked some ideas around. I think we all would like to do it, it’s just a question of getting everybody free at the same time. I think it’s not just Will, but the producers and the studio. We all loved doing Hancock.
Smith already has his first post-"Mib" picture lined up in the form of M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth." But there's another one of his many franchises that fans are dying to see him return to as a "Black" follow-up: "Hancock." The alcoholic god remains one of Smith's most memorable turns in the past decade, and several parties involved — Smith included — have expressed optimism about seeing him return to the role.
In the latest "Hancock 2" update, would-be director Peter Berg told MTV News: "Will Smith is up for any challenge, and he's definitely up for discussing it."
"Whether or not that all comes out and equals
The 2012 Awards for books published in 2011 were handed out over the weekend with Embassytown by China Miéville taking home the science fiction award. Not surprisingly, Dances with Dragons by George R.R. Martin took the top award for fantasy. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern took the Best First novel, while The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente took honors for Best Young Adult.
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Bryan Fuller is bringing one of regular actors to Mockingbird Lane. Veteran character actor Beth Grant, who played nosy neighbor Marianne Marie Beattle on Fuller’s Wonderfalls and then brought the character over to his Pushing Daises series, will have
I Am Legend: “Producers are working on it….I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it…” But the chance that he’ll get involved looks bleak. Of course, his chances of survival looked bleak to nonexistent at the end of I Am Legend, so that makes sense.
Other sequels: “I don’t want to be the sequel guy…I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut.” But, then he retracts and doesn’t rule out Mib 4, Bad Boys 3 or Hancock 2 if fans demand it,
It's never the most reliable of indicators but, if IMDb is to be believed, Will Smith is going to spend the next few years dwelling exclusively on well-trodden ground. After the success of Men in Black 3 – although that's a relative term, based on whether or not you believe "slightly better than Men in Black 2" to be a valid definition of success – the site would have you believe that Will Smith is only interested in making sequels from now on.
Apparently, after starring in the next M Night Shyamalan movie and a film about a magical horse, Will Smith will make Hancock 2. And then Bad Boys 3. And then, in 2015, I, Robot 2. Add to
But five years is practically a decade in tentpole years, and very little movement has taken place over the years. Making matters worse (and potentially squashing a potential franchise) in a recent interview with the BBC (via Movies.com), the actor said he would "probably not" be involved in any subsquent film.
"Producers are working on it. I’m not actually. If it’s great, I’m into it,
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