Will Smith Circles THE AMERICAN CAN

Actor revives long-gesting project; eyes another future project.

Deadline is hearing that Will Smith is looking to revive his long-in-development Hurricane Katrina drama ‘The American Can.’

Written by Adetoro Makinde and John Lee Hancock, who originally intending to direct, ‘The American Can’ is based on the real-life story of John Keller, an ex-Marine who orchestrated the rescue of 200 people from the flooded American Can apartment building in New Orleans after the city’s levee broke.

Smith, who is producing the drama, was originally set to star when the project was first announced back in 2009. Two years later the ‘Men in Black’ star was looking to bring Denzel Washington on board to take the lead role. Now, two more years later, and it appears that Smith is once again eyeing the project as a starring vehicle with Ed Zwick in talks to direct.

Additional, Deadline is saying that Smith also has his eyes on ‘The Accountant,’ another project he’d previously been circling. The Bill Dubuque-penned thriller which had Mel Gibson attached to direct, centres on a brilliant, autistic accountant who doubles as an assassin and “problem-solves” with precision in more ways than one. Gibson is no longer on board and producers are now out to directors.