Smith Sinks Teeth Into 'Cooked'

The former Fresh Prince really likes the rags-to-riches stories.

Fresh from his starring role in "The Pursuit of Happyness," Will Smith is looking to produce another film based on a real-life person who turned lemons into lemonade. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith is planning on adapting Jeff Henderson's memoir "Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, From Cocaine to Foie Gras" for the big screen.

"Cooked" revolves around the redemption of Chef Jeff, an ex-con/crack cocaine dealer who learned gourmet cooking when he was serving his prison sentence. From there, he became the executive chef at the Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Columbia Pictures optioned the book. The trades says that its not yet clear if Smith will also star, probably because Henderson is not African American, unlike Chris Gardner, the man Smith portrayed in "Happyness."

"Happyness" earned Smith a best actor Oscar nomination and earned nearly $288 million worldwide. He is currently filming the vampire flick, "I Am Legend," due out by the end of the year.

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