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