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Columbia Finds Smith in the Empire

Published October 10, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
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In a seven-figure deal, Columbia Pictures has picked up the holy trinity necessary to create a film.

Writer: John Logan
Director: Michael Mann
Star: Will Smith

Everything you need, right?


Will Smith for Empire


Columbia Pictures has acquired Empire, a project that comes packaged with John Logan, Michael Mann and Will Smith.

Mann and Smith have been getting close on Hancock, a Columbia Pictures project where Smith will play a disaffected superhero. Peter Berg, who also become close to Mann for The Kingdom, is directing.



Though Empire's plot is being withheld by the studio, sources claim that Smith will play a contemporary global media mogul.

Smith can next be seen in I Am Legend and is currently in pre-production on Seven Pounds.


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