Will Smith is in talks to join Legendary Pictures' big screen adaptation of Brilliance. A couple of weeks ago the studio announced that Julius Onah will be directing the film from a script written by David Koepp. If Smith joins the project, it will be big deal for the movie, because people will be more likely to go see it.
The story is described as being like the X-Men, "set in a world where a rare set of people are born with extraordinary abilities and are called 'brilliants.' At the center of the story is a federal agent with great hunting gifts who is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start a civil war."
This has the potential to be a really cool film. There is also going to be a trilogy of books that I'm sure the studio hopes will be a franchise. Here's a description of the first book:
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.
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