Will Smith Considers "Phone Booth" For Next Film

Days after Columbia Pictures signed "The Insider" director Michael Mann to helm Will Smith in a Muhammad Ali biopic, Smith's name has already surfaced in connection with yet another movie project that he may do prior to stepping into the cinematic ring.

Variety" reports that Smith is in negotiations with Fox Studios to star in "Phone Booth," a thriller written by veteran scribe Larry Cohen, who was written for TV and film since the late '60s, including several episodes of "Columbo" in the mid '70s.

The script deals with a Manhattan publicist who becomes targeted by a sniper while using a public pay phone. Fox has yet to find a director to step in to "Phone Booth," although the project had drawn interest from Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and from brothers Allen and Albert Hughes ("Dead Presidents").

Bay eventually left the project to focus on his massive "Pearl Harbor" film, while the Hughes have now attached themselves to "From Hell," a dramatized tale of Jack

the Ripper based on the comic book from Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.

As for Smith, he'll next appear on screen alongside Matt Damon and Charlize Theron in the Robert Redford-directed golf flick, "The Legend Of Bagger Vance," due out later this year.

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