It has been a while since I last saw of the greatest actors of Hollywood; Will Smith. The last film he starred in was 2008’s major flop Seven Pounds, and though he’s been developing projects through his Overbrook Entertainment production company, though none has been put in motion yet.
While filming on his next film Men In Black III (and hopefully there won’t be other delays) Smith is adding another project to the potential to-do list, this one a comedy based on the Biblical story of Job.
The news comes from screenwriter Paul Tamasy, who along with The Fighter screenwriter Eric Johnson wrote the script and sold it to Overbrook and Smith. Here is what Tamasy said:
He’ll be playing “Joe.” The movie’s called Joe. It’s about a man [who is living] the American dream. He’s got the nice house, white picket fence, great kids, great wife, nice cars. God and the devil get together every thousand years to bet on a man’s life, and the fate of the world is at stake. What all of us get hit with in a lifetime, this man gets hit with in one week. And it’s about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survive it. It’s a dramedy. At it’s heart, it’s a comedy — but it’s got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it.
I think this is totally a Smith movie; action with more personal dilemmas, like maybe Seven Pounds but actually good. It’s unclear when Smith might actually get around to making the movie, or if he’ll continue being on board to star. Honestly, he has been away form screens too long, this might be a good chance to go back on screens, with a good project.