Will Smith is set to direct a film adaptation of his novel, Brilliance

Will Smith is set to direct a film adaptation of his novel, Brilliance ...

Will Smith is set to star in a remake of Marcus Sakey's Brilliance, alongside director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, following his now-infamous encounter with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Nick Cooper is a federal agent who is assigned with tracking down non-neurotypical individuals deemed "abnorms," or "brilliants," who are born with special abilities. He is the parent of a "Brilliant" daughter and is an "abnorm" himself. Cooper attempts to halt a future conflict by becoming a witness.

The novel-turned-film, according to Indie Wire, will be produced by Paramount Pictures and is a "passion project" for Smith and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who have both written critically-acclaimed works I, Robot, I Am Legend, and Hancock.

Smith will direct the film through his own Westbrook Studios with Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki. Screenwriter Goldsman and Greg Lessans will assist with production through Weed Road Pictures, along with Shane Salerno of The Story Factory and James Lassiter. Sackey will also serve as a co-producer.

Smith, who was slapped Rock at the live broadcast of this year's Academy Awards, is hoping to take an upward turn in this film. Following the scrutiny, Smith has since issued an apology to Rock and the Academy.

In a video from back in July, King Richard claimed to have been "fogged out" of the Oscars for his attack on Rock. In addition to Brilliance, Smith's AppleTV+ film Emancipation is expected to be released this December.

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