Biopic Of Katrina Hero Planned

Will Smith producing, Hancock directing

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.