Paramount Taps ‘Ms. Marvel’s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy To Helm Marcus Sakey Novel ‘Brilliance’; Will Smith Producing And Eyed To Star

Paramount Taps ‘Ms. Marvel’s Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy To Helm Marcus Sakey Novel ‘Brilliance’; Will Smith Producing And Eyed To Star
Exclusive: Four-time Emmy- and two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will make her narrative feature directorial debut on Brilliance, the Paramount Pictures adaptation of the Marcus Sakey novel. Pic has been a passion project for Will Smith and Akiva Goldsman who did I, Robot, I Am Legend and Hancock together. The hope remains that the film is a star vehicle for Smith, though sources said he hasn’t committed to star. Goldsman wrote the script.

Obaid-Chinoy is best known for directing her Oscar-winning documentary shorts Saving Face and A Girl in the River, The Price of Forgiveness and most recently Ms Marvel. Smith is producing via his company Westbrook Studios with Jon Mone and Ryan Shimazaki. Goldsman and Greg Lessans are producing via Weed Road Pictures, along with Shane Salerno via The Story Factory, and James Lassiter. The author is co-producer.

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