Will Smith's Next Either Men in Black 3 or The City That Sailed
by Ethan Anderton
March 23, 2010
It's kind of hard to believe that the last film with superstar Will Smith in it was Seven Pounds, which was released in December of 2008. The blockbuster king hasn't been taking much of a break though, he's been producing films like The Karate Kid starring his son Jaden Smith through his Overbrook Films production banner instead. However, it looks like sooner than later, Smith will finally be making a decision as to what his next acting role will be as Variety reports that the actor has narrowed down his potential projects to the blockbuster sequel Men in Black 3 and a whimsical sort of family project titled The City That Sailed.
Scripted by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Lord of War), the story revolves around a New York street magician who is unhappily separated from his young daughter. The girl, who moves to London, finds magic candles that make her wishes comes true, but with unintended consequences: the entire island of Manhattan separates from the continent and floats toward England, bringing her dad even closer to her. The project holds even more significance to Smith because Overbrook is the company who first brought this over to Fox.
Meanwhile, Men in Black 3 is another installment in a hugely successful box office franchise, and with the likely addition of 3-D, there's no doubt this is a priority for Sony, who raked in $587.8 million worldwide for the original and $441.8 million globally for the less-than-stellar sequel. With Etan Cohen (Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder) currently writing the script, and names like Josh Brolin, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jemaine Clement rumored to be taking on roles in the film, I think this sequel has the potential to actually be good.
For my money, I want Smith to return to Men in Black, to at least finish up that franchise so he can move on to a film like The City That Sailed right after (since that concept just sounds pretty damn fun). I just think a big sci-fi blockbuster comedy sounds a little more entertaining than a fanciful family film this time. I can't imagine Men in Black moving forward without Will Smith, so I'm sure if he takes the family route first, we'll get MiB3 sometime later down the line or not, but I don't think I want to wait. Of course, only time will tell what he takes, but we'll keep you updated anyway. So which project do you want Will Smith do next?