Like sappy movies? Well then, have I got some news for you. Imagine a movie produced by Will Smith, written and directed by The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock, and starring the one and only Denzel Washington. Can you comprehend the sheer force of drama that would be created from the perfect storm colliding of all these inspirational storytellers? You might not have to, because it might be happening; and in a film that suddenly makes my stupid storm metaphor seem to be in bad taste. Oh well, let’s venture on.
For quite a while Will Smith has been trying to get the film American Can made. It’s a true story about a Hurricane Katrina hero named John Keller, who stayed behind and helped out a group of elderly and infirmed people living in the American Can Apartment Complex, which was isolated and flooded by 11 feet of water after the levees broke.
Will Smith, naturally, was looking to star himself as well as produce, but now that he has signed onto M. Night Shyamalan’s One Thousand A.E., that probably won’t be possible. Why people are still agreeing to be in Shyamalan movies is another story entirely, so let’s move on to Smith’s hopes for a replacement. While he will still be involved with the project behind the scenes, he wants Denzel Washington to step into his shoes and play Keller, which makes sense to me; if you can’t do something, why not just get Denzel? If things work out with Washington, production should get going pretty quick over at Smith’s home base Sony. And then we’re all in for some inspiring cinematic moments and buckets of tears, I’m sure. Everybody bring tissues to the theater. With these three guys working together, we’re going to need them.