Jaden Smith: From "Karate Kid" to Teenage Assassin?
Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment are in talks to acquire the rights to Allen Zadoff's young adult novel, "Boy Nobody," with the intention of making it a starring vehicle for Will Smith's equally talented son, according to Variety.
"Boy Nobody" is the first in a planned young adult trilogy about a brainwashed teenage assassin who starts to regain his emotions. Sony is hoping for a young adult variation on the "Bourne" series, with author Zadoff describing his troubled hero as a "young soldier trained not to feel; who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger; who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed."
And Sony wants the little kid from "The Pursuit of Happyness" to play him? They grow up so fast…
Jaden Smith was most recently seen as Dre Parker, the title character of the highly successful 2010 reboot of "The Karate Kid." He also played Jennifer Connelly's trouble-prone son in another reboot, 2008's "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and is currently filming M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi epic, "After Earth," in which he'll reunite with his "Happyness" co-star (and his father), Will Smith. "After Earth" will hit theaters on June 7, 2013.
No start date has been announced on "Boy Nobody" should Sony succeed in obtaining the rights, but the book itself won't be published until next spring.