Fantasy drama back in development….

Mike Fleming over at Deadline is hearing word that Shawn Levy (‘Real Steel,’ ‘Night At The Museum’) has come aboard ‘The City That Sailed,’ the long-gestating fantasy-adventure that has Will Smith attached to star.

Scripted by Audrey Wells (‘Under the Tuscan Sun’), with an earlier draft from Andrew Niccol (‘In Time’), the film follows a New York street magician whose daughter lives in England. Exploring a lighthouse one day, the young girl discovers a room with magic candles and wishes to be reunited with her father, causing the island of Manhattan to break away and drift across the Atlantic Ocean.

Smith and Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter will produce the film with Levy, who is producing through his Fox-based banner 21 Laps.