Will Smith to star in JOE, a retelling of the story of Job

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 28th, 2011

It’s been a relatively long time since we last saw actor Will Smith on the big screen.

Not since SEVEN POUNDS has the actor made a turn on screen, but with MEN IN BLACK 3 coming next year, this appears to be a changing trend. In an interview with the Movie B.S. Podcast (via Collider), Paul Tamasy revealed that he and co-writer Eric Johnson (THE FIGHTER), have sold a new film to Sony and Will Smith’s Overbrook shingle, entitled JOE.

The actor is currently attached to star in the film, which is a modern retelling of the story of Job. The Book of Job tells the story of a man named Job, who must have his faith tested after his worldly possessions and family are taken from him.  This modern take will follow a man named Joe, 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 within one week. And it’s about whether or not he can still pick himself up from that and survives it. It’s a dramedy. At its heart, it’s a comedy — but it’s got, obviously, a real dramatic core to it.”

The story of Job is nothing new to feature filmmaking, particularly as of late, with films like A SERIOUS MAN being very much inspired by that biblical tale. FIGHTER director David O. Russell is being looked at to helm the film, so expect quite a bit of news on this project as it comes. 

Personally, I don’t actually mind this project, as I think it could really work well given this creative team. Depending on who they can get in the director’s chair, this may be an interesting project.

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