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Brilliance (upcoming film)

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Produced by
  • Will Smith
  • Akiva Goldsman
  • James Lassiter
  • Shane Salerno
Screenplay byAkiva Goldsman
Based onBrilliance
by Marcus Sakey
StarringWill Smith
  • Overbrook Entertainment
  • Weed Road Pictures
  • The Story Factory
Distributed byParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States

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Brilliance is a film in development as of 2019 based on the novel of the same name by Marcus Sakey.


Federal agent Nick Cooper, a brilliant with great hunting gifts is drafted to hunt down a terrorist, another such brilliant who intends to start the civil war.


  • Will Smith as Nick Cooper



On March 12, 2013, Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to adapt Marcus Sakey’s novel Brillance with Joe Roth and Palak Patel were set to produce the film.[1] On February 5, 2014, Universal Pictures acquired the distribution rights and hired Julius Onah and David Koepp to direct the film and write the script, respectively.[2] In November 2018, Akiva Goldsman was confirmed to write and produce the film, and Shane Salerno will produce through The Story Factory.[3] On September 6, 2019, Paramount Pictures acquired the distribution of the film and Will Smith and James Lassiter will also produce the film through Overbrook Entertainment.[4]


On February 20, 2014, Will Smith was in talks to star in the film,[5] but on May 29, 2014, Smith dropped out.[6] On May 12, 2014, Noomi Rapace was in talks to star in the film.[7] On June 17, 2014, Jared Leto was in talks to replace Smith,[8] but dropped out to audition for Doctor Strange.[9] On September 6, 2019, Smith returned to the movie.[4]


In November 2018, Goldsman was confirmed to write and produce the film adaptation of the sequels "A Better World," and "Written in Fire".[3]


  1. Fleming Jr., Mike (March 12, 2013). "UPDATE: Legendary Pictures Seals Acquisition Of Sci-Fi Novel 'Brilliance;' 'Oz's Joe Roth And Palak Patel To Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  2. Fleming Jr., Mike (February 5, 2014). "Legendary Sets Julius Onah To Helm 'Brilliance'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fleming Jr., Mike (November 15, 2018). "Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Marcus Sakey's 'Brilliance' Trilogy With The Story Factory". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fleming Jr., Mike (September 6, 2019). "Will Smith, Akiva Goldsman Re-Team On 'Brilliance'; Paramount Steps Up For Marcus Sakey Novel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  5. Fleming Jr., Mike (February 20, 2014). "Will Smith Ponders 'Brilliance'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  6. Fleming Jr., Mike (May 29, 2014). "Will Smith Exits Legendary Pic 'Brilliance'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  7. Kit, Borys (May 12, 2014). "Noomi Rapace to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Brilliance'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  8. Fleming Jr., Mike (June 17, 2014). "Is Jared Leto Ready For 'Brilliance'?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. Eisenberg, Eric (June 23, 2014). "Jared Leto Follows Will Smith, Bails Out Of 'Brilliance'". CinemaBlend. Retrieved December 18, 2019.

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