MEN IN BLACK Scribe Rewriting Will Smith

Long-in-development remake brings in new writer.

THR is reporting that Universal Pictures has hired ‘Men in Black’ screenwriter Ed Solomon to rework the script for its remake of the 1970s sci-fi ‘Colossus: The Forbin Project.’

Directed by Joseph Sargent and based upon the 1966 novel of the same name by Dennis Feltham Jones, the story takes place during the Cold War and centres on “a genius who creates a supercomputer put in charge of independently regulating the national defence of the U.S. It’s soon discovered the Russians have created a similar computer, and the two machines have begun sharing top-secret information. The Russians and Americans must work together before the computers seize control of each country’s stockpile of missiles.”

Long-in-development, the remake has Will Smith attached to play Dr. Charles Forbin, the creator of the artificially intelligent supercomputer. Previous drafts were penned by Blake Masters and Jason Rothenberg.

Ron Howard and Imagine partner Brian Grazer are producing alongside Erica Huggins and David J. Collins. Anikah McLaren and Sara Scott are overseeing the project for Universal.