Will Smith is in talks to star in Brilliance, an adaptation of a novel by Marcus Sakey, to be directed by Julius Onah. It’s set in a futuristic world where some people are born with special abilities, and one man uses his higher intelligence to hunt terrorists. Think X-Men meets Zero Dark Thirty. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Only one studio gets the rights to make actual X-Men movies, but fortunately for everyone but 20th Century Fox, no one has a strangehold on stories about groups of superpowered people. Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises producer Legendary Pictures has just acquired the rights to Brilliance, an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey that’s been likened to the Marvel title. Oz The Great and Powerful‘s Joe Roth and Palak Patel are on board to produce. Hit the jump to read more.
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Scarlett Johansson is going to reteam with music video director Samuel Bayer (Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Aroundâ€¦Comes Around”) to make a heist film.
“It’s called ‘Brilliance’ and it’s about diamond thieves, and we start shooting this winter. So many things came together in all the right ways. It really was a case of ‘what goes around, comes around.’ In a good way,” Bayer told MTV. “Scarlett is one of the sexiest actresses around,” Bayer told MTV News. “And she can just become her characters. Look at what she did during the Corvette scene, which a lot of people won’t catch. She was shooting that on a green screen, and right before we were rolling, she was laughing. We start, and she’s crying. It was just unbelievable. It’s stuff like that which makes you know someone’s a star.”
I like a heist movie more than the next guy. Heck, I even loved the Great Muppet Caper (and some would say that you really must try hard to like that film). I must admit, like most of America I was really into Johansson. But for me the magic has begun to wear off. I’m not exactly sure why. If you compare the Lost in Translation Scarlett to the Nanny Diaries Scarlett, you will see a huge difference. The sexy magic has started to fade (yes, I did just write “sexy magic”). Also take note that the photo above is from the former era. Anyone agree or disagree?