Will Smith's 'The City That Sailed' Returns with Shawn Levy Directing
by Ethan Anderton
November 14, 2013
Director Shawn Levy might be going back to the well with Night at the Museum 3, with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams returning and "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens causing trouble as Lancelot somehow, but he's got a big original project on the horizon with a huge star. Deadline reports Levy will develop and direct The City That Sailed, and Will Smith is still attached to star and produce through his Overbrook Entertainment banner. Fox, where Levy's 21 Laps production company calls home, picked up the script in 2006 with Andrew Niccol writing, but now Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, The Kid) will write it.
For those just joining us, the project follows a New York street magician whose daughter lives in England. While exploring a lighthouse, the girl (likely not Willow Smith since she's probably too old for the role now) discovers a magic room and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Lawrence was once going to reateam with his I Am Legend star back in 2009 for the film, and at one time it was in contention with Men in Black 3 to be Smith's next film. Now it's come back around, but we'll see if it's time for it to move forward or not. Levy's been trying to work with Smith since he wanted him to do Fantastic Voyage, so he'll probably try hard to make it happen.