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Undeniable A-Lister Will Smith is an actor so popular and so wealthy he can basically write his own ticket, and often has. So it speaks well for the long-gestating thriller Selling Time that Smith is said to be hooking its apple wagon to his star. The Wrap reports Smith is now attached to front the supernatural thriller, which is set up over at 20th Century Fox. And while he reps are not commenting on the project at this time, Smith is reportedly close to signing on.
Penned by former DreamWorks Television president Dan McDermott, Selling Time centers on a man who makes a dark deal, swapping seven years off his life expectancy to relive the worst day he's ever had. Why one would want to do such a thing is not being shared by producers at this time.
This is a project that's been stuck in development for some time. At one point brothers Dereck and Steven Martinin, writers of Lymelife, were brought into do revisions. Back in 2006, Spike Lee was given a crack at the script. And Smith was actually first attached the project years before, but had to drop it over scheduling conflicts. It's latest incarnation will get a rewrite from McDermott, as his contract allows, and according to The Wrap "several A-list filmmakers" are vying for the director's chair on Selling Time. John Davis, executive producer of TV's The Blacklist, is producing the project along with Jennifer Klein, but he too is refusing to comment on Smith's leaked involvement on the project.
For his part, Smith saw his star power stumble this year with the release of the sci-fi adventure After Earth. The M. Night Shyamalan film was ravaged by critics and failed to prove the acting potential f the star's son and protégé Jaden Smith, who co-starred opposite his dad. Perhaps worse of all, the $130 film was a huge flop on the domestic front, earning just $60 million in the US. For some idea of what went wrong on After Earth , check out this "honest" trailer:
But don't feel too bad for Smith. Aside from Selling Time, he has his hands full with a modern-day version of the musical Annie, which is now in production. Plus, he's set to appear in A Beautiful Mind's Academy-Award winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's feature directorial debut Winter's Tale, and will soon star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's follow-up to the dramedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, a grifter-centered comedy called Focus. Then of course he may or may not be starring in Independence Day 2. You go, Will.