Will Smith Tackling Biblical Tale “Joe”

Will Smith is attached to numerous projects right now with any one of them potentially being his next effort. Yet another possibility recently emerged in the form of “Joe”, a modern version of the Biblical story of Job.

“The Fighter” scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have sold the project to Sony Pictures and Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Speaking with Movie B.S. over the weekend, the scribes say they are in the middle of a rewrite right now and expect to turn in a new draft shortly.

Tamasy talks about the film’s plot, saying “it’s about a man [who is living] the American dream. He’s got the nice house, white picket fence, great kids, great wife, nice cars. God and the devil get together every thousand years to bet on a man’s life, and the fate of the world is at stake. What all of us get hit with in a lifetime, this man gets hit with in one week. And it’s about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survive it. it’s a dramedy. At it’s heart, it’s a comedy – but it’s got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it.”

They’re also trying to get ‘Fighter’ helmer David O. Russell to direct, but Russell has numerous other commitments right now