Jaden Smith Could Be 'Boy Nobody' in Young Adult Novel Adaptation

April 23, 2012
Source: Variety

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By now, you're all probably intimately familiar with the worldwide box office success of The Hunger Games. When something succeeds in Hollywood, you can be sure that competing studios are going to try to replicate that success however they can. So the trend these days is buying up young adult novels for film adaptations, and Sony is the latest to follow the leader. Variety reports that the studio beat out 20th Century Fox for the rights to Allen Zadoff's upcoming novel Boy Nobody, the first story in a planned trilogy about a teenage assassin. And it seems our newest Karate Kid and Will Smith offspring, Jaden Smith, is gearing up to star.

Boy Nobody sounds like it might have more in common with 2011's Hanna than The Hunger Games, as the plot follows a brainwashed teenage character, trained as a soldier at a young age, who slowly starts to regain his emotions. In any case, teenage characters willing to kill are apparently all the rage right now, and it'll be interesting to see if any of these deals that have popped up in the wake of Gary Ross' smash hit will even come close to having the same impact on pop culture as The Hunger Games did. As for Smith, I found him impossibly annoying in The Day The Earth Stood Still remake but I heard good things about the new Karate Kid film (which I haven't seen yet), so the jury's still out on him as far as I'm concerned. Thoughts?

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Sony bought the rights for an upcoming novel? They must be very confident... This sounds like Bourne with teenagers.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Apr 23, 2012


"impossibly annoying in The Day The Earth Stood Still" Yup. Hopefully he will drop the "Will Smith act" soon because everything I seen him in so far seemed to me as he was trying to imitate his fathers mannerisms. He so cool.He da fresh prince.

Haters gonna hat on Apr 23, 2012


Why they didn't make another karate kid? Ha? Film hit,critic admire it and etc. Jaden grow up and they ruin his chance. I love jaden,his mother and his father,perfect family is rare in holleywood but they are perfect.jaden isnot under shadow of his father, he is independent. I Wana see him in this movie. Hana was cool but I think this movie is greater than that. Jaden must know his father has great heart and if someone had great heart win our hearts too

Ehsan Davodi on Apr 23, 2012


isn't he already boy nobody? everyone just refers to him as WS' son otherwise nobody would give a #

Somebody on Apr 23, 2012


boring garbage , can't stand will smith and the remakes hes aiming to add his kids in. Karate kid could never be outdone but they try anyway. i guess if your young an naieve this might appeal to you.

Horseflesh on Apr 23, 2012


Hey, my kids can act better than Will 'My face is Everywhere' Smiths kids, so how come theyre not in a movie? What? They didnt grow up with nannies, private chefs, acting tutors, stylists, publicists, personal trainers and as the children of the hollywood elite? They didnt go on personal vacations with the directors, screenwriters, producers, etc on private islands? That they are the Symbol of everything that is wrong with our celebrity obsessed culture? Oh, thats why. 

uberman on Apr 23, 2012


I think that he is a good actor. People are just hating on him because his parents are famous. If his parents weren't famous, then this wouldn't even be a discussion.

Caraleighhartley on Apr 25, 2012


 Honestly when it comes down to it any1 can act, its the second team with the stunt doubles who do all the real work, Will Smith is so obnoxiously unfunny to me , every time he opens his mouth in interviews he trys to come off like hes a great actor-comedian. its embarrassing to watch but hey, just my opinion , could care less if hes famous an has $ , cant take that with u when u die.

Horseflesh on Apr 25, 2012



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