Posted on Friday, July 16th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Add another possible film to Will Smith‘s towering stack of possible films. The latest is The Legend of Cain, which Smith is now attached to as producer and star. This isn’t a video game thing — Smith isn’t developing a film based on The Legend of Kage, or The Legacy of Kain, as much fun as at least one of those projects might be. No, this is Smith going Biblical; Deadline says the project is “an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with a vampiric twist.”
Caleeb Pinkett and Dan Knauf wrote the script, and Andrea Berloff polished. Gotta say, the idea of a retelling of the Cain and Abel story with a vampiric twist doesn’t sound so hot. It’s the sort of thing that Neil Gaiman could turn into a surprisingly good piece, but it’s also the sort of thing that Gaiman would likely never touch for all the black t-shirts in America.
If you read ‘Caleeb Pinkett’ and thought, “huh, isn’t Will Smith married to a Pinkett?” then you’re on the right track. Caleeb is Jada Pinkett Smith’s younger brother. His only produced writing credit is the short The 7th Commandment. But co-writer Knauf was a producer and writer on Carnivale, among other projects, which could certainly play into making this story work. (And Berloff is the writer behind Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and that eyebrow-raising N.W.A biopic.)