Will Smith Vehicle ‘Selling Time’ Lands ‘Eagle Eye’ Director D.J. Caruso

Published 9 months ago by , Updated January 8th, 2014 at 3:01 pm,

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Will Smith – his reputation battered, but not at all broken, following last year’s After Earth – shall appear in supernatural romance Winter’s Tale next month and star in the heist movie Focus (opposite The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie) later this year, but what’s after that? Well, one possibility is the long-gestating supernatural thriller Selling Time, which the A-lister has been circling in recent months.

In truth, Smith first did this dance with Selling Time a few years back, but the project failed to get off the ground; in fact, the potential film has been slowly climbing the ladder to production for over a decade, ever since Dan McDermott (back when he was president of DreamWorks Television) sold the spec to Fox 2000 in 2001. Now that McDermott is rewriting his script for a newly-attached director, the project may finally stop dragging its feet and actually get started with production.

Deadline is reporting that D.J. Caruso is signing a deal to direct Selling Time, while McDermott puts together a new screenplay draft in an effort to entice Smith to actually commit to headlining the film. Caruso is perhaps best known for his thriller genre collaborations with Angelina Jolie (Taking Lives) and Shia LaBeouf (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) – less so for his unrewarding dip in the young adult book adaptation well (with the 2011 release I Am Number Four), and his abandoned vision for a Y: The Last Man comic book movie.

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D.J. Caruso will direct ‘Selling Time’

The premise for Selling Time – a man strikes a deal where he gives up seven years of his life in order to prevent a life-changing tragedy (with unforeseen consequences) – brings to mind The Butterfly Effect and A Sound of Thunder (among others); such is the fine-line nature of sci-fi and supernatural/fantasy tropes. Richard Curtis’ time-travel/romance About Time successfully puts a fluffy, yet poignant, spin on a similar scenario during its second act, but a darker feature-length exploration could be interesting too (assuming that’s what McDermott’s script will offer).

However, Smith was recently confirmed for Shawn Levy’s father/daughter fantasy City That Sailed, and there are three franchise installments being written – Independence Day 2, Bad Boys 3 and Men in Black 4 – that could theoretically sneak in and grab Smith’s attention while Selling Time‘s script is revised. So, Big Will might not be striking any devil’s deals (onscreen) anytime soon. 

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We’ll keep you posted on the status of Selling Time as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Always have loved Will, and I think he’s proven he has serious acting chops with films like Ali, Six Degrees of Separation, Pursuit of Happyness, and even I Am Legend, but he’s made some poor choices recently, and this one doesn’t exactly make me think he’s making any better ones.

  2. I think Will needs to be an in ansomble piece, something like a “Snatch” where he can play an obscure comedic role, but the whole film doesn’t rest on his shoulders. He really needs to reconnect with his base.

    • Will Smith doesn’t want to do that. He only wants to be the lead. That is why he didn’t get the role in Django. I have lost interest in him.

  3. I sincerely hope Will recovers from the After Earth calamity. Interesting that he turned down Django Unchained (Tarantino originally offered the role to him before Jamie Foxx) to feature in that film. Goodluck Mr Smith!

  4. While I agree that After Earth was bad, I still enjoyed it. Always was a big Will Smith fan and always will be.

    I also like Disturbia and Eagle Eye so this is a good director choice in my opinion.

    This movie should be interesting if Will signs on.

    Any release date known for Focus?

    • +1 to everything you just said

  5. Nice replies in return of this issue with solid arguments and explaining everything about that.