Will Smith Grows “Flowers for Algernon”

Will Smith has apparently signed on to star and produce an adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ classic 1959 novel “Flowers for Algernon” for his own Overbrook Entertainment production company reports Pajiba.

The story centers on a mentally disabled man who is the first to undergo a surgery that is said to raise intelligence. While the operation is successful, and his IQ raises from 68 to 185, the side effects include social setbacks where he feels ostracized from society.

No writer or director has yet been set though Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds”) has been mentioned. Cliff Robertson scored an Oscar for starring in the previous film adaptation “Charly” in 1968.