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Biopic Of Katrina Hero Planned
Will Smith producing, Hancock directing

21 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment has teamed up to buy the life rights to the story of John Keller, one of the heroes of the Hurricane Katrina disaster that struck New Orleans in 2005.

Keller, a 6'7" ex-Marine, kept the 150-odd residents of his building safe for five days during the disaster, helping to get the old and disabled residents out of the affected area as the waters began to go down. You can read more about Keller here - and wonder whether Smith's just producing, or if he'll be tempted to star as well.

 John Lee Hancock, of The Rookie and The Alamo fame, will write and direct, although the studio has also bought Adetoro Makinde's script about Keller to work from.


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Given his height and obvious build, why dont they get Kevin Durand to play him? They could give him a Lazarus makeover and everything More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 17:50 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

A superhero directing a film? Got a chuckle out of that, but lost it when I read on. It seems just like the kind of film/role Smith would go for and frankly I'm completely fed up of them. Y'know, the so-called "inspirational" ones. Bah humbug. More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 17:06 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post

After reading through most of that article, it definitely sounds like an exciting enough story to warrant a movie. When reading the description of John Keller's personality, Will Smith seems to be the obvious choice. In fact, I really can not think of a better actor for the part. More

Posted by Chris Kay at 16:57 on 21 May 2009 | Report This Post


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