Some people have a strong dislike for Will Smith due to the perceived ego of both his characters and the actor himself. Expect that trend to continue with Smith’s latest project where he plays a man capable of moving entire islands through sheer desire.
Per Variety, Smith will be starring in City That Sailed. The plot is described as being about “a father who lives on the opposite side of the ocean from his daughter. Their bond is so strong that it causes Manhattan to split off and float across the Atlantic.”
That’s pretty stupid.
There are two rays of light here though that keep this project interesting and potentially worthwhile. The first (and the one many of you may not agree is a positive thing), Smith is developing the film with his I Am Legend helmer, Francis Lawrence. Love it or hate it, Lawrence brought a strong visual sense to that movie that would benefit a film like City That Sailed. The second ray of hope here is that the film is based on an original script by Andrew Niccol. He’s the writer behind the excellent The Truman Show and the underrated Gattaca. (And yes, he also wrote the Al Pacino stinker S1m0ne.) It’s currently being rewritten by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. That would normally worry me but the duo’s resume includes Rounders, Runaway Jury, and The Girlfriend Experience so they’re not hacks.
City That Sailed is not expected to be Smith’s next film, but it will probably come floating across the horizon in the next few years.
What do you think of the plot?