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Will Smith to climb aboard adaptation of sci-fi thriller Brilliance

Feb. 20, 2014by:

The not-so-fresh Prince, Will Smith, has been spinning his wheels in the last few years, playing it either safe or strange, with 2012's in-the-can MEN IN BLACK III and last summer's belly flop AFTER EARTH doing very little to make use of Smith's abilities. Now, the actor is looking at a new sci-fi jaunt with an adaptation of the sci-fi novel BRILLIANCE. Written by author Marcus Sakey, the novel is described as such (via Amazon):

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

Smith would play the agent, of course, with Julius Onah directing a script by David Koepp. The actor recently kicked himself out of the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel and will next be seen in the heist flick, FOCUS, with Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro. A lot of folks would like to see the actor reteam with Michael Bay and Martin Lawrence for BAD BOYS 3, but it seems he's got other plans. If BRILLIANCE is one of them, I'll gladly wait, as it sounds like the most promising project Smith has had on the horizon in a long time.

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6:32PM on 02/21/2014
Smells like a shitty Scientology story...i couldn't care less. Can't even remember the last good movie he was in. Unfortunately he lost all his freshness. He Looks bored like Bruce Willis...
Smells like a shitty Scientology story...i couldn't care less. Can't even remember the last good movie he was in. Unfortunately he lost all his freshness. He Looks bored like Bruce Willis...
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9:11AM on 02/21/2014
Can Will Smith just drop out of Hollywood for a few years to reevaluate his career? The only new thing that I would like to see from him right now is Bad Boys 3.
Can Will Smith just drop out of Hollywood for a few years to reevaluate his career? The only new thing that I would like to see from him right now is Bad Boys 3.
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5:48AM on 02/21/2014
Sounds like the inverted plot of Push (which I enjoyed btw) . At this point in Will Smith's career i couldn't care any less; "Woohoo! Will Smith in another Sci-Fi movie? How ORIGINAL!!"

He's become so predictable its tough to be excited anymore (for me at least) not even for BadBoys 3, which I sincerely hope NEVER happens. The stupidity of 2nd movie was enough.

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Sounds like the inverted plot of Push (which I enjoyed btw) . At this point in Will Smith's career i couldn't care any less; "Woohoo! Will Smith in another Sci-Fi movie? How ORIGINAL!!"

He's become so predictable its tough to be excited anymore (for me at least) not even for BadBoys 3, which I sincerely hope NEVER happens. The stupidity of 2nd movie was enough.

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2:14AM on 02/21/2014
Sounds like the premise for a two seasoner on CBS.
Sounds like the premise for a two seasoner on CBS.
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2:07AM on 02/21/2014
As long as he doesn't involve his son in the movie in any shape or form.
As long as he doesn't involve his son in the movie in any shape or form.
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12:40AM on 02/21/2014

sad but tru

This seems to be the best movie he's made in years at least it sounds that way on paper i'd have liked bad boys 3 but i can wait
This seems to be the best movie he's made in years at least it sounds that way on paper i'd have liked bad boys 3 but i can wait
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12:00AM on 02/21/2014
I feel like Smith intentionally sabotaged his own career. I mean come on now, he must of known what he was getting into with M. Night. Shamalan. I hope this turns out to be a good one. He needs to be in more dramatic roles again.
I feel like Smith intentionally sabotaged his own career. I mean come on now, he must of known what he was getting into with M. Night. Shamalan. I hope this turns out to be a good one. He needs to be in more dramatic roles again.
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9:33PM on 02/20/2014
Keep his son away and this could be a good comeback for him.
Keep his son away and this could be a good comeback for him.
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9:08PM on 02/20/2014
I'd love to see Will Smith get back on track with his career and pull off something great. I really like the guy. He's one of those 90's megastars that had a certain quality and screen presence. Extremely likable, as I'm sure everyone knows. Recently it's been all about his Smith-y family and whatnot, and Will's own movies have pretty much suffered along the way. We need this guy to do something awesome again, something fun and new. C'mon Will!
I'd love to see Will Smith get back on track with his career and pull off something great. I really like the guy. He's one of those 90's megastars that had a certain quality and screen presence. Extremely likable, as I'm sure everyone knows. Recently it's been all about his Smith-y family and whatnot, and Will's own movies have pretty much suffered along the way. We need this guy to do something awesome again, something fun and new. C'mon Will!
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8:32PM on 02/20/2014
I just can't get excited about any of his films anymore. Even his cameo in Anchorman 2 was underwhelming.
I just can't get excited about any of his films anymore. Even his cameo in Anchorman 2 was underwhelming.
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9:37PM on 02/20/2014
Thanks for spoiling.
Thanks for spoiling.
9:55PM on 02/20/2014
Yes, thanks for that. Should be EXTRA underwhelming for quite a few of us now...
Yes, thanks for that. Should be EXTRA underwhelming for quite a few of us now...
12:11AM on 02/21/2014
Yeah. That's my bad. Sorry about that. But there's so much more to that scene that he is in.
Yeah. That's my bad. Sorry about that. But there's so much more to that scene that he is in.
12:50AM on 02/21/2014
Hey look, the one cameo that I didn't read about gets spoiled by someone who was a lil' keyboard-happy. Thanks, buddy.
Hey look, the one cameo that I didn't read about gets spoiled by someone who was a lil' keyboard-happy. Thanks, buddy.
3:28AM on 02/21/2014
Bah! Dammit!
Bah! Dammit!
5:05AM on 02/21/2014
Will smith and the soloist trapped in a benji building, just burning to death!!! Thats a movie worth watching!!
Will smith and the soloist trapped in a benji building, just burning to death!!! Thats a movie worth watching!!
7:42AM on 02/21/2014
Soloist, really? Just because you've seen every movie (and rank every actor and film in your "favorites") doesn't mean everyone has.
Soloist, really? Just because you've seen every movie (and rank every actor and film in your "favorites") doesn't mean everyone has.
2:12AM on 02/24/2014
seriously guys? get a freaking life. The movies been out forever. If you haven't seen it yet that's your fault. If you don't want to know about movies, then don't come to a movie website.
seriously guys? get a freaking life. The movies been out forever. If you haven't seen it yet that's your fault. If you don't want to know about movies, then don't come to a movie website.
8:24PM on 02/20/2014
so he is definitely out of Independance Day 2? The last I heard he wasn't sure if he wanted to do it. Goldblum and Pullman are in. Not sure why he would say no. It would more than likely be a big hit. This movie Brilliance sounds pretty cool, but I'll wait till I hear more.
so he is definitely out of Independance Day 2? The last I heard he wasn't sure if he wanted to do it. Goldblum and Pullman are in. Not sure why he would say no. It would more than likely be a big hit. This movie Brilliance sounds pretty cool, but I'll wait till I hear more.
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