Will Smith in I Am Legend

Movies set at sea seem to be a new big thing, and now Will Smith is going to sail New York City across the Atlantic Ocean. He’ll star in The City That Sailed for Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.

The film is one that Smith was considering a few years ago, before he committed to Men in Black III. And this isn’t the first time that Smith and Levy have been connected through a project — the director was going to helm the Fantastic Voyage remake for Fox in 2011, and wanted Smith to star in that. The deal never went through, however.

But Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment is actively developing The City That Sailed again, and Smith has committed to star.

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Will Smith has to make a big choice when it comes to his next project: Men in Black III for Sony or the fantasy-adventure The City That Sailed for 20th Century Fox.

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Will Smith could re-team with his I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence, but not for the film you’re probably expecting to hear about. Lawrence is developing a script called The City That Sailed as a vehicle for Smith. Originally written by Andrew Niccol, the script has kind of a neat, Miyazaki-ish logline: “a father and daughter living on opposite sides of the ocean whose love is so strong that it causes Manhattan to split off and float across the Atlantic.” According to Variety, Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders, Oceans Thirteen) will rewrite as the project goes forward. Read More »

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