Ms Marvel director and Emmy and Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been tapped by Paramount Pictures to direct the adaptation of Marcus Sakey’s novel Brilliance. Will Smith was previously said to be circling the film; at this stage, the Bad Boys actor hasn’t committed.
Obaid-Chinoy, best known for directing her Oscar-winning documentary shorts Saving Face and A Girl in the River, would direct a film that’s long been a passion project of producer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Smith.
The synopsis, via Deadline :
If 1% of the world’s children were born with powerful gifts, how would society adapt to them? The Brilliance novel trilogy is set in a future where non-neurotypical people — demonized by society as “twists” or “abnorms” — are threatening the status quo of the “normal” population with their unique gifts. They are officially labeled as “Brilliants” and are carefully tracked by the government. The plan is for Smith to play the book series hero Nick Cooper, a federal agent who works for the Department of Analysis and Response. His job is to track down and terminate criminal abnorms who use their gifts for ill. The agent is himself an abnorm, with a gift for predictive analysis that allows him to see what will happen before it happens and react preemptively. He is also the father of a Brilliant daughter.
As he infiltrates a radical group of Brilliants who plan to incite a civil war, he uses his own gifts against his Brilliant enemies, like an assassin who perceives time faster than his opponents. When Cooper is ordered to hunt down John Smith — the country’s most elusive and most dangerous abnorm — everything Cooper believes in will be called into question. As one of the abnorms he’s hunting tells him, “You can’t stop the future. All you can do is pick a side.”
Will Smith next stars in Emancipation for Apple.