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Jaden Smith eyes teenage assassin film franchise

The Karate Kid

Story by Jack Foley

JADEN Smith, aka the son of actor Will Smith, is eying his first film franchise.

According to Variety, Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment are in early talks to acquire the rights to Allen Zadoff’s novel Boy Nobody as a potential star vehicle for the young actor.

The trade publication quotes ‘sources’ but added that no deal has yet been closed.

In book form, Boy Nobody is the first in a planned young adult trilogy about a teenage assassin who has been brainwashed to become a killer, only to start regaining his emotions. It is due to be published next spring.

Zadoff himself has described the book’s main character as a “young soldier trained not to feel, who could function in every situation without fear, sympathy or anger, who could assassinate strangers and then walk away emotionally unscathed”.

Smith has already proved himself adept at handling box office pressure having starred successfully in Sony’s The Karate Kid reboot” as well as The Pursuit of Happyness alongside his dad.

He’s currently filming M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth for Sony, which will reunite him with his father, Will.

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