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Smith Has Plans For 'Tonight'

Will Smith and director Jonathan Mostow are teaming up to bring the superhero drama "Tonight He Comes" to the screen and are in early negotiations with Columbia Pictures.

Will Smith and director Jonathan Mostow are teaming up to bring the superhero drama "Tonight He Comes" to the screen and are in early negotiations with Columbia Pictures. Akiva Goldsman and Michael Mann are producing.

Written by Vince Gilligan, "Tonight" is a script that has fallen on many execs' "best unproduced scripts" lists and has attracted many A-listers. But its dark, adult tone made it difficult to set up. The story tells the tale of a depressed, bored superhero who drinks, smokes and has one-night stands. He develops a newfound purpose in life when he is drawn to a married woman.

"Tonight" is part of a new wave of projects that deal with superheroes but are not based on existing comic book-based characters.

Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment company are based at Columbia, where they are celebrating their record-breaking opening weekend for the Sony release "Hitch," which grossed $43.1 million. Smith also starred in Columbia's "Bad Boys" movies and its "Men in Black" films.

Mostow's previous directing credits include "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," "U-571" and "Breakdown."

As reported yesterday, Smith will release his first album in three years, "Lost and Found," on March 29 via Interscope.