Will Smith is making a big return to sci-fi in a project that reunites him with screenwriter/director Akiva Goldsman, who worked with Smith on such projects as I Am Legend, I, Robot, and most recently (and maybe most notoriously), Winter’s Tale. The pair are developing a Brilliance movie, based on the sci-fi novel by Marcus Sakey which takes place in a world in which 1% of the world has been born with special powers.
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Legendary’s X-Men-esque sci-fi film Brilliance lost a superstar, but could gain an Oscar-winner. The film is set in a futuristic world where some people are born with special abilities, and where one man uses his higher intelligence to hunt terrorists. It was supposed to star Will Smith. The actor dropped out, and could be replaced by recent Oscar winner Jared Leto. Noomi Rapace is still co-starring and Julius Onah will direct. Read More »
When this week began, the only specific movie scheduled for the far-off month of November 2016 was Fox’s animated Trolls adaptation. There was also, however, an untitled Disney animated film set to arrive that month. Then Warner Bros. added the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to the mix on November 18, 2016. Now Legendary Pictures is getting in on the fun. The company has just dated an “Untitled 2016 Event Project” for November 4, 2016. What could it be? We’ll offer two options and speculation below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Noomi Rapace is getting herself some superpowers. The Swedish actress is joining Will Smith in Brilliance, about a world where a small percent of the population is born with special abilities. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is directing from a script by David Koepp (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit). Hit the jump for plot and character details and more.
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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?