Will Smith and Michael Mann are Empire Builders

Columbia project reteams director and star of Ali.

Will Smith and Michael Mann are reuniting to build an Empire for Columbia Pictures.

Variety reports that "a seven-figure pitch deal" netted the project for the studio. Mann, who last directed Smith in Ali, will work from a script by John Logan -- another reunion for the director, who developed The Aviator with Logan before handing it off to Martin Scorsese.

Though Mann hasn't directed Smith since they made Ali, he's co-producing Hancock, the Peter Berg-directed drama that, in Variety's words, "stars Smith as a disaffected superhero."

So what's Empire about? Nobody's telling. From the article:

Neither the studio nor the principals would elaborate on the plot, but sources said that Smith will play a contemporary global media mogul.

A global media mogul, eh? Sounds like a real stretch for Smith. We love it!

Source: Variety

Comments

arendr

Arend Anton

Awesome!!! I hope this one is good.

Oct 11 - 07:31 AM

TheBlackGuy

Arman Tanzarian

Sounds excellent

Oct 11 - 08:05 AM

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bob jones

i didnt really like Ali, although smith was good in it.

its a good team, but i'd like to hear what its about before i up my enthusiasm level

Oct 11 - 09:00 AM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

Mann, along with Nolan and Fincher is one of my favourite directors.
Miami Vice was a disappointment 'cause of Mann's writing (Heat is the exception).
But when given a great script, his movies rock (and are under 2 hours long).

I'm sure Logan's script must be great to attract both Smith and Mann, and that's enough for me to get excited.

Oct 11 - 10:02 AM

walkingdead09

Justin Dean

Mann rules, his movies always win stuff. Will Smith....well if there is no DJ Jazzy Jeff getting thrown out of a white mansion i'm not interested.

Oct 11 - 01:15 PM

Bender

Albert Ibarra

This will be greatness. There is no doubt about it.

Oct 11 - 01:43 PM

Typhoon20

Tyrone Jackson

John Logan's work: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Aviator, Sweeney Todd...quality work.
Mann, Smith & Logan...Count me impressed.

Oct 11 - 02:44 PM

tawo

Stephen Abang

WOOOOO, HOOOOOO!!!!!

Oct 11 - 07:11 PM

Darule17

Darryl Gagnon

Sounds Good.

Oct 12 - 01:23 AM

patchworkej

E. J. Jones

This sounds really interesting. I hope Wes Studi will be part of this project, he and Mann have worked together before.

Oct 12 - 09:58 AM

patchworkej

E. J. Jones

This sounds really interesting. I hope Wes Studi will be part of this project, he and Mann have worked together before.

Oct 12 - 10:00 AM

pober64

peggy oberlechner

Your right I think Wes Studi would be good. He's a very good actor.

Oct 13 - 06:23 PM

pober64

peggy oberlechner

Your right I think Wes Studi would be good. He's a very good actor.

Oct 13 - 06:23 PM

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