Will Smith Plans Suicide

By Josh Tyler 2006-06-04 00:00:00discussion comments
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Will Smith is stepping away from the world of handsome professional Romeos and strong-chinned leading men to contemplate suicide. According to The Hollywood Reporter he's negotiating to star in Seven Pounds for Columbia Pictures.

Seven Pounds tells the story of a man falling in love while trying to kill himself. It's written by Grant Nieporte, and Smith will produce the film along with his old partner James Lassiter. Lassiter has produced with Smith on several films, including two he's working on right now: The Pursuit of Happyness and Tonight He Comes.

Tonight He Comes was supposed to be Will's next, but it's been pushed back to 2007 after losing Columbia lost the film's director. That'll leave Will a little more time to squeeze in Seven Pounds around his long list of other upcomers, one of which is the long-gestating, long-anticipated re-do of Omega Man called I Am Legend.

Hopefully, Will jumping on to Seven Pounds won't impact I Am Legend, a film that's been plagued with nothing but bad luck for well over a decade as the fantastic sci-fi/apocalypse script has struggled and clawed it's way to screen, losing, gaining, and losing actors, directors, and producers. Will's firm commitment to the film was the one thing which was supposed to finally get the thing made.
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