The pic co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Skydance Media was one of the great unproduced projects of the last 20 years. Bruckheimer alone has been developing the property for a little more than a decade. Originally set up at Disney in 1997 from a pitch by Darren Lemke, the movie stalled due to the fact the VFX at the time wasn’t available for the same actor to play the same part. Will Smith is now set to star as an assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who is younger and in his prime.
Previous drafts were penned by a revolving door of scribes that included Brian Helgeland, Andrew Niccol and David Benioff. Previously, Tony Scott considered directing as well as Curtis Hanson. Skydance acquired the project in 2016 with Jerry Bruckheimer attached to produce with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger and Don Murphy and Chad Oman executive producing.
The first weekend in October has become quite a lucrative time to launch a film, with the top openers being Warner Bros’ Gravity ($55.8M), 20th Century Fox’s The Martian ($54.3M) and Taken 2 ($49.5M). This year, Warner Bros/Sony/Alcon’s Blade Runner 2049 could shatter all records given nostalgia for the original 1982 Ridley Scott film.