Will Smith Attached to Remake of 'Colossus: The Forbin Project'
It's been over three years since we last heard about Ron Howard's remake of the 1970 film Colossus: The Forbin Project, an adaptation of the 1966 sci-fi novel by Dennis Feltham Jones. But in the recent news about writer Jason Rothenberg scripting the adaptation of The Twilight Zone, Deadline included a second story unto itself. The writer is also adapting Colossus for Universal and Imagine Entertainment, but the real gem in the news is that Will Smith is attached to star in the story of the world's first-ever sentient computer and the misunderstood genius who gains power over the world due to its unprecedented abilities.
Both the novel and the film are in the same vein as The Matrix and Terminator, but obviously these stories happened decades before those familiar films. In addition, the script will take cues from two additional novels that followed Jones' original story. This would mark the first time Will Smith and Ron Howard have worked together on a project, and the first straight up sci-fi venture for Howard as a director. This seems like it might be a little similar to I, Robot, but since Deadline describes it as a Frankenstein story, there's likely more than meets the eye. Sound interesting?