Back in October, we got word that Will Smith was “close” to signing on to star in Selling Time, a supernatural thriller that “follows a man who is given a chance to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy.” While the film has been through years of rewrites and new drafts, the potential attachment of Smith signaled that the script, originally penned by Dan McDermott with additional work by Steven and Derick Martini and Spike Lee and then McDermott again, might finally be on the move to the screen.
While Smith has not signed on to the project just yet (so much for being “close”), the feature has finally snagged a director so, yes, Selling Time will be selling tickets soon enough, and we are very sorry for that pun.
Deadline reports that D.J. Caruso will direct the film, and his addition to the project should drive this thing forward. Also pushing it onwards? McDermott is indeed back to rework his own script with an eye to crafting something that finally gets Smith to officially sign on to star in the feature. The script has also reportedly had some work down by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), but McDermott and Caruso will now work on a new draft together, most likely one that is specifically tuned to Smith’s skills and charms. It might not take too much, though – McDermott first sold his script back in 2001, and Smith has been interested in starring in it since the beginning. Surely, he’s seen something he likes, at least enough to keep him holding on for over a decade.
Caruso is best known for directing thrillers Eagle Eye and Disturbia, and while both of those films starred the embattled Shia LaBeouf, here’s to hoping that Caruso cooks up some more, well, original casting with his next project.
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