Will Smith will produce and star in the romantic drama "Seven Pounds."
According to Variety, the project will be a "Pursuit of Happyness" reunion, with Smith in front of the camera and Gabriele Muccino behind the camera.
Smith was originally attached to the project last summer, when he was being linked to a number of different high profile films including Fox's "Greenbacks," Universal's "It Takes a Thief" and Universal/Columbia's "Time Share." With a director in place, though, "Seven Pounds" has now moved to the front of his queue.
The trade paper says that Smith and Muccino will begin work on the production in February, with a late 2008 release date, likely through Sony, in the cards. The project is set up through Escape Artists and Smith's Overbrook Entertainment shingle.
Grant Nieporte's script focuses on a man who falls in love in the midst of a suicide attempt.
Smith is currently shooting "Hancock," a superhero drama that, coincidentally, was originally supposed to be directed by Muccino. The director, who coached Smith to his second Oscar nomination on "Happyness," left due to creative differences and was replaced by Peter Berg.
Shooting on "Seven Pounds" will begin after Smith dedicates his winter to promoting "I Am Legend."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times