Will Smith is set to produce The Shining.
The 53-year-old star is involved in the adaptation of the novel, which will be the directorial debut of two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obeid-China.
Paramount Pictures’ adaptation of Marcus Seiki’s novel will be one of Smith’s first major projects since slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars earlier this year.
The film has been called a “passion project” by Will and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has worked with the actor on films like I Robot and I Am Legend.
The story centers on Nick Cooper, a federal agent who works for the Department of Analysis and Response and is tasked with tracking down the one percent of the population who are considered “abnormal” or “brilliant.”
Nick is the father of a “Shining” daughter and is also “abnormal” himself because he has the ability to see the future and eventually tries to prevent a civil war.
Smith is producing the film through his Westbrook Studios company with John Monet and Ryan Shimazaki, while Goldsman and Greg Lessons are producing through Weed Road Pictures.
The King Richard star recently apologized to Rock for the slap and said he was “clouded” and “fuzzy” when the incident happened.
In a video on Instagram, Will said: “I reached out to Chris and got a message that he’s not ready to talk, when he’s ready he’ll talk. So I’ll tell you, Chris, I apologize to you.
“My behavior was unacceptable and I’m here if you’re ready to talk.”
At the ceremony, Smith also apologized to his fellow nominees for “tarnishing” the event.
He said: “For all my nominees, it is the community. I won because you voted for me and it breaks my heart to steal and tarnish your moment… letting people down is my main trauma. I hate when I let people down so hurt.”