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Will Smith to star in a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Job?

Feb. 28, 2011by: George Merchan

It's hard to believe that MEN IN BLACK III will mark the first time we see Will Smith in a movie in over three years. That seems almost too long for an actor of his position. But once the former Fresh Prince is finally done donning the black suit and shades and ready for more, what might his next project be?

In an interview with the Movie B.S. podcast (via Collider), Oscar-nominated writer Paul Tamasy (THE FIGHTER) dropped the news that he has sold a project to Sony - a modern retelling of the Biblical tale of Job - with Will Smith attached to play the good guy who has a lot of bad shit happen to him.

The movie will be titled JOE (since presumably not many people are named 'Job' nowadays) and it will be produced by Smith's Overbrook production shingle. Here's scribe Tamasy with more on Smith's attachment:

"Hell be playing 'Joe.' The movie's called Joe. It's about a man [who is living] the American dream. He's got the nice house, white picket fence, great kids, great wife, nice cars. God and the devil get together every thousand years to bet on a man's life, and the fate of the world is at stake.

What all of us get hit with in a lifetime, this man gets hit with in one week. And its about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survive it. It's a dramedy. At it's heart, it's a comedy but it's got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it."


If you didn't spend your formative years attending Sunday school, here's the Biblical account of Job (via Wikipedia):

"The Book of Job begins with an introduction to Job's character he is described as a blessed man who lives righteously. Satan challenges Job's integrity, proposing to God that Job serves him simply because God protects him. God removes Job's protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health in order to tempt Job to curse God. Despite his difficult circumstances, he does not curse God, but rather curses the day of his birth. And although he protests his plight and pleads for an explanation, he stops short of accusing God of injustice."

Almost a year ago before officially signing onto MEN IN BLACK III, Smith was seriously considering making the Andrew Niccol-scripted THE CITY THAT SAILED. Has that project fallen by the wayside in the time since? Smith's also been linked to the Wachowski's modern retelling of the Robin Hood tale called HOOD, as well as another Biblical tale (with a vampire twist) called THE LEGEND OF CAIN.
Extra Tidbit: For a good 'Job' retelling, watch the Coens' A SERIOUS MAN.
Source: Movie B.S.

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11:42PM on 02/28/2011
Just watch "A Serious Man".
Just watch "A Serious Man".
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10:48AM on 02/28/2011

Where did the good stories go?

They're remaking "A Serious Man" with Will Smith and without the Coens. Clever.
They're remaking "A Serious Man" with Will Smith and without the Coens. Clever.
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10:45AM on 02/28/2011
A Cinematic wreck waiting to happen.
A Cinematic wreck waiting to happen.
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9:20AM on 02/28/2011
This sounds interesting.
This sounds interesting.
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8:23AM on 02/28/2011

it could work...

if it's depressing as fuck, and i am talking about 'the road' sort of depressing. where people cry in the end and that sort of thing...no laughter till the end, when it turns out great.
if it's depressing as fuck, and i am talking about 'the road' sort of depressing. where people cry in the end and that sort of thing...no laughter till the end, when it turns out great.
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7:41AM on 02/28/2011
This doesn't look promising.
This doesn't look promising.
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6:51AM on 02/28/2011
Has everyone forgotten that A Serious Man did this already? And probably better than Smith can- you have to go a long way back to find the last film of his that I enjoyed...
Has everyone forgotten that A Serious Man did this already? And probably better than Smith can- you have to go a long way back to find the last film of his that I enjoyed...
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10:44AM on 02/28/2011
how could we forget? it's in the 'tidbit'
how could we forget? it's in the 'tidbit'
6:39AM on 02/28/2011

TWO OF A KIND

Remake of the John Travolta / Olivia Newton John Rom/Com Two Of A Kind? Ah, hell!
Remake of the John Travolta / Olivia Newton John Rom/Com Two Of A Kind? Ah, hell!
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