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Will Smith Is Going To Star In A Movie Where He Sails Manhattan Like A Boat

Not a Misprint

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say magic is involved. 

Manhattan has gotten its fair share of adventures on film and in television but I think this is a first. Deadline reports director/producer Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel) has been chosen to develop a project called City That Sailed.

The description? “The story centers on a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean,” writes Deadline. Though City That Sailed has been in the works for a few years and /Film gives a firmer account of what the story might be:

The story is about a New York street magician who becomes separated from his young daughter, with the girl ending up in London. But there’s an interesting complication, as she “finds magic candles that make her wishes comes true,” and through one of those she magically causes Manhattan to split off from North America, and sail towards England as a strange makeshift ship with her father aboard.

Deadline says Audrey Wells is writing the script though the description /Film gives is based on a previous draft by Andrew Niccol so it could be altered.

Since Will Smith is signed on to star as the dad, could it be real-life daughter Willow Smith starring alongside him? Smith’s son Jaden recently got to work with dad in After Earth so it wouldn’t surprise me if they made another family deal. As to the tone of the film itself, that’s not clear but seeing as how it’s Levy directing, we can guess it will be a family film.

What do you think of the premise, and would you see it?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."