D.J. Caruso to Direct 'Selling Time' at Fox, Will Smith Still Circling Lead
Last year, we learned that Will Smith had his eye on the supernatural thriller Selling Time, but a deal was not yet solidified and was then described as "sensitive." It turns out Smith is still interested in the project about a man who is given the chance to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for taking years off his life span, and now a director has signed on. Deadline reports Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso will be at the helm of the film, and he will also oversee a new draft written by Dan McDermott, after names like Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and Spike Lee tried.
As usual, Smith's involvement is contingent on a finished script, so we'll see if McDermott's work can get the blockbuster star to sign on. Sadly, McDermott's experience on the big screen is limited to Caruso's action thriller Eagle Eye, which had an intriguing concept, but didn't really turn into anything more than a generic game of cat and mouse. In fact the CBS series "Person of Interest" has utilized a similar story in a much better fashion. However, McDermott wrote the original script over 10 years ago and it was sold as a spec to Fox 2000 while he was also working as president of DreamWorks Television in 2001. Here's hoping it's a cohesive story and turns out better than Caruso's last effort, I Am Number Four. Thoughts?