Variety reports that Will Smith has narrowed his next assignment down to two projects: MEN IN BLACK III for Sony or THE CITY THAT SAILED for Fox. The studios will neither comment nor confirm; Variety cites “insiders” as the source of the information.
MEN IN BLACK III would be almost a guaranteed hit, considering the blockbuster numbers of its predecessors. However, Smith has a personal stake in CITY THAT SAILED, which his company Overbrook FIlms developed.
CITY THAT SAILED, written by Andrew Niccol (THE TRUMAN SHOW) is about a New York street magician (presumably to be played by Smith) whose daughter in London discovers magic candles that grant wishes. You can imagine what goes wrong with Manhattan Island when she wishes to reunite with her dad – just look at the film’s title.