Will Smith uses Brilliance Adaptation at Paramount Pictures

Smith will direct the film “Brilliance” by “Ms. Marvel” boss Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will produce. According to reports, there is hope that he will also star in it.

Will Smith will produce an adaptation of the novel, Brilliance, in which two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will make her directorial debut with a narrative feature film. The news was first reported by Deadline.

Four-time Emmy winner Obaid-Chinoy most recently directed episodes 4 and 5 of the Disney+ series Ms. Miracle.” The adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel is being produced by Paramount Pictures and has been described as a “passion project” for Academy Award winner Smith and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who worked on I, Robot, I Am Legend and Hancock to have.

Deadline said the hope is Smith will be in the film as well. IndieWire has reached out to representatives from Paramount Pictures and Will Smith for comment.

The book centers on Nick Cooper, a federal agent working for the Department of Analysis and Response tasked with tracking down the 1 percent of non-neurotypical people who are considered “abnormal” or “brilliant” and born with special powers became. The character Nick is the parent of a brilliant daughter and also an abnormal himself, in a Blade Runner-esque twist. He has the ability to see into the future and ends up trying to stop a civil war.

Smith is producing the film through his company, Westbrook Studios, with Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki. Screenwriters Goldsman and Greg Lessans are producing through Weed Road Pictures, along with Shane Salerno through The Story Factory and James Lassiter. Author Marcus Sackey, who wrote the novel Brilliance, is also serving as co-producer. Sackey also wrote the serialized novels A Better World and Written in Fire, opening the door to a possible film trilogy.

Director Obaid-Chinoy previously directed the Oscar-winning documentaries Saving Face and A Girl in the River.

Smith’s post-Oscar slap career has proved on hold after the best actor winner was banned from the academy after attacking presenter Chris Rock on stage. Smith apologized. His AppleTV+ film Emancipation, directed by Antoine Fuqua and a once-hoped-for award nominee, is rumored to be out this December. No release date has been confirmed.

“The last few months have been a lot of thinking and personal work,” the “King Richard” star said in an on-screen caption during an apology video in July 2022. Smith said he was “dazed” at the Oscars following the attack on Rock.

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