Mike Fleming

djcEXCLUSIVE: Things are coming back around again for Selling Time, the supernatural thriller at 20th Century Fox. D.J. Caruso is signing on to direct, and he will oversee a new draft by Dan McDermott that is being written in hopes that Will Smith will star in the film. John Davis and Jennifer Klein will produce with McDermott.

willsmiThough he still has not committed to starring, Smith has long been interested in playing the lead role in the thriller about a man who sells chunks of his life in an attempt to relive the worst day of his life so that he can change a tragedy. I feel like I have relived this project several times; I first wrote about it when McDermott sold it as a spec to Fox 2000 while he was president of DreamWorks Television in 2001. Smith has been intrigued for almost that long. There have been numerous incarnations by various scriptwriters including Spike Lee and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. But now McDermott is going to take another pass at the script with Caruso, who helmed Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four. Caruso is repped by CAA and Media Talent’s Geyer Kosinski.

For all of Deadline's headlines, follow us @Deadline on Twitter.