And the Smith Family machine continues on its course to take over the world 🙂
Papa Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production house and Warner Bros have brought on African American scribe Rob Edwards to pen the script for a film called Amulet, to be based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Kazu Kibuishi, which “follows a teenage boy and his sister, who are pulled into a mystical world of demons, monsters and talking animals and discover that they are the last in a line of gatekeepers who must quickly learn to control a powerful amulet to save the world,” according to Variety.
I actually first wrote about this project last summer, when I discovered it, while browsing through Jaden’s IMDB page. Although, I don’t recall there ever being an official announcement of it.
At the time, Oscar-winning screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, who also penned Smith’s I Am Legend adaptation, was attached to write the screenplay, but no director was (and still isn’t) signed on to helm the project. Also at the time, Jaden Smith and his little sister, Willow Smith, were both attached to star in it!
Not much of that info has been changed on the film’s IMDB page yet, although, we know now that Akiva Goldsman has been replaced with the above-mentioned Rob Edwards, who, by the way, wrote the screenplay for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, and will also pen another Warner Bros project for Robert Zemeckis titled Animated American.
Amulet belongs to a series of graphic novels, which means, assuming Jaden and Willow are still expected to star (and it seems likely, given the graphic novel’s storyline centering on a teenage boy and his sister), this could potentially be a franchise project for them, with multiple films to be expected, not-so unlike the Harry Potter series.
No production dates have been announced yet, so stay tuned… but it looks like this is moving along and will probably happen…