Although he’ll be in theaters next weekend headlining Warner Bros. Pictures’ Focus opposite Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time), The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith is already making plans for the future. According to the outlet, Smith will headline a crime thriller titled Bounty, just purchased by Paramount Pictures as a spec script from Sascha Penn.
Bounty, it is said, features Smith as Boston resident who is convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. Although he manages to escape from prison, the quest to prove his innocence is hindered when the widow of the original victim puts a $10 million bounty of his head.
Smith’s presence as a big screen leading man has been relatively quiet as of late. He headlined Men in Black 3 back in 2012 and, since then, played a supporting role in After Earth (which starred his son, Jaden Smith). He also appeared briefly in both A Winter’s Tale and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but he will be back in the spotlight with Focus in theaters February 20. After that, Smith is headlining the true football drama Concussion (hitting theaters December 25, 2015) before reteaming with Robbie for the David Ayer-helmed comic book adaptation Suicide Squad (set for an August 5, 2016 release).
Smith is set to produce Bounty through his Overbrook Entertainment alongside Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner.
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