EXCLUSIVE: Four-time Emmy- and two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will make her narrative function directorial debut on Brilliance, the Paramount Pictures adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel. Pic has been a ardour undertaking for Will Smith and Akiva Goldsman who did I, Robot, I Am Legend and Hancock collectively. The hope stays that the movie is a star automobile for Smith, although sources stated he hasn’t dedicated to star. Goldsman wrote the script.

Obaid-Chinoy is finest recognized for guiding her Oscar-winning documentary shorts Saving Face and A Girl within the River, The Price of Forgiveness and most just lately Ms Marvel. Smith is producing by way of his firm Westbrook Studios with Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki. Goldsman and Greg Lessans are producing by way of Weed Road Pictures, together with Shane Salerno by way of The Story Factory, and James Lassiter. The writer is co-producer.

The premise: If 1% of the world’s youngsters have been born with highly effective items, how would society adapt to them? The Brilliance novel trilogy is ready in a future the place non-neurotypical folks — demonized by society as “twists” or “abnorms” — are threatening the established order of the “regular” inhabitants with their distinctive items. They are formally labeled as “Brilliants” and are fastidiously tracked by the federal government. The plan is for Smith to play the e book sequence hero Nick Cooper, a federal agent who works for the Department of Analysis and Response. His job is to trace down and terminate felony abnorms who use their items for in poor health. The agent is himself an abnorm, with a present for predictive evaluation that permits him to see what is going to occur earlier than it occurs and react preemptively. He can also be the daddy of a Brilliant daughter.

As he infiltrates a radical group of Brilliants who plan to incite a civil battle, he makes use of his personal items towards his Brilliant enemies, like an murderer who perceives time quicker than his opponents. When Cooper is ordered to seek out John Smith — the nation’s most elusive and most harmful abnorm — every thing Cooper believes in will likely be known as into query. As one of many abnorms he’s looking tells him, “You can’t cease the long run. All you are able to do is choose a facet.”

Sakey has since revealed the sequel novels A Better World and Written in Fire, and the Amazon-published e book sequence has offered practically 2 million.

Smith hasn’t made a movie since the infamous Oscar slap incident earlier this 12 months that occurred earlier than he received the Best Actor prize and was subsequently banned by the Academy for a decade. He subsequent stars in Emancipation, enjoying a hunted runaway enslaved man who struggles to freedom within the harmful swamps of Louisiana within the Antoine Fuqua-directed fact-based thriller. While the press is already scrutinizing what Apple will do with the movie and whether or not Smith’s controversy will hobble what may need been a prohibitive Oscar favourite, sources stated Apple will launch the movie in early December.

As for Smith, actual film stars are uncommon. While their fortunes can ebb and stream, the highest ones have a approach of coming again, particularly when the film is sweet and that is stated to be a profession excessive level for Fuqua. This facet of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, none has been extra profitable over the previous twenty years on a worldwide scale than Smith.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is repped by CAA and Fox Rothschild.

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