When you are a powerful enough celebrity, you can will into being pretty much any movie you want, and then star in it. That’s what Will Smith is doing with The Legend of Cain, a movie written by Caleeb Pinkett (his brother-in-law), Dan Knauf (Carnivale), and Andrea Berloff, which he plans to produce (with his wife) and star in. Smith will play the titular Cain in “an epic re-telling of the Biblical sibling tale, this time with” – wait for it – “a vampiric twist.”
Sigh. Somehow I thought Will Smith was above things like this, but I suppose everyone has to pay the bills somehow.
Overbrook Entertainment, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz are set to assist Smith with producing the movie, though no director or studio is yet attached to the project.
The biblical ‘Cain’ is, of course, Able’s brother, one of the two sons of Adam and Eve. As told in the story of Genesis, Cain grows jealous of Able’s relationship with God and kills him in cold blood. So… was Cain a vampire? Is that what’s going on here? I normally trust Will Smith’s judgment, but this just doesn’t sound like a winner to me. As always, stay tuned.