Director-slash-actor Peter Berg has found some time to direct something new beginning next May and Columbia Pictures has helped him fill the open.
Peter Berg to Direct Tonight, He Comes
According to Variety, Peter Berg has been picked up by Columbia Pictures to direct Tonight, He Comes, a film starring Will Smith as a superhero in an existential crisis.
Berg has completed the holy trinity for the project, with the first two directors -- Jonathan Mostow and Gabriele Muccino -- bounced due to creative differences. Columbia is confident that it will be Burg who brings the project to fruition.
The latest script for the project is from scribe Vince Gilligan, and has the film set to be a summer tentpole. The story tells of a superhero's (Will Smith) love affair with a married housewife. That has turned the latter role into one coveted by actresses. Charlize Theron is the favorite to take the job.
Berg has an interesting connection, or should I say string of connections with each of the producers on Tonight, He Comes.
Most of the producers have past dealings with Berg and each other. Berg just directed Jamie Foxx starrer The Kingdom, which Mann produced with Scott Stuber for Universal, and Mann cast Berg in Collateral. Mann, who was originally hired to direct Tonight, He Comes when the project was at Artisan, directed Smith in Ali and produced that film with Lassiter. Goldsman, who's producing Smith starrer I Am Legend, also produced I, Robot with the star and did uncredited script work for Berg on The Rundown.