Will Smith And Director Shawn Levy Team For Ocean-Spanning Adventure City That Sails
Have you ever loved someone so much that you changed cities to be with them? There’s a good chance you may have, but did you ever actually move a city across an ocean in order to do it? If not, that’s because you’re no Will Smith. The actor has long been attached to the 20th Century Fox fantasy adventure City That Sailed, which is now apparently sailing towards reality with high concept director extraordinaire Shawn Levy, of Night at the Museum fame. A big budget director plus a big budget movie star? Wherever did they come up with such a combination?
Of course, it’s not as if the film will actually get made in the near future, as Levy is currently finishing up on the star-studded comedic drama This is Where I Leave You before heading off at the beginning of next year to the U.K. to film NIght at the Museum 3 for a Christmas release. So it’s still possible there could be a director switcheroo before the film gets made, but at least Smith is officially on board now and will produce the film along with Overbrook Entertainment. They’ve hired Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) to write the screenplay, according to Deadline. It’s unclear if she’ll be giving a rewrite to the script originally written by Andrew Niccol (The Host), or if she’ll be starting from scratch.
It appears the story will remain the same either way however, as it tells the tale of a New York father whose daughter is living on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. His love, or possibly her love (or a combination of the two) is so strong it causes Manhattan to break free from its underwater constraints and head across the ocean to his daughter. It kind of reminds me of the Terry Gilliam short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance that plays before Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, in which an entire office building becomes a pirate ship.
Smith’s return from his acting hiatus didn’t win him a lot of new fans, with the decent Men in Black 3 and the boring After Earth utilizing only his leading man status, rather than his actual acting talents. He’ll next be seen teaching Margot Robbie how to grift successfully in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s comedy Focus, which is currently filming, and in Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, the dark fantasy Winter’s Tale, which comes out on Valentine’s Day 2014.
Have a laugh with the Men in Black 3 blooper reel below, and tell us how strong your love is for Will Smith in the comments.
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