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Will Smith to star in crime thriller 'Sugar Bandits'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 February 2024, 10:04 IST
Will Smith to star in crime thriller 'Sugar Bandits' (File)

Washington: Actor and rapper Will Smith is gearing up for a thrilling new venture as he steps into the lead role in the high-octane action film 'Sugar Bandits'.

The movie, based on Chuck Hogan's book 'Devils in Exile', promises an adrenaline-pumping narrative that follows an Iraq War veteran and his crew as they target the drug trade in the streets of Boston, as reported by Variety.

From 'The Town' to 'Sugar Bandits'
Renowned for his work on 'The Town' and 'The Strain', Chuck Hogan is the creative force behind the screenplay for 'Sugar Bandits'. His storytelling prowess adds depth to the plot, ensuring a captivating cinematic experience.

Behind-the-Scenes Dynamics
Will Smith and Jon Mone take on the role of producers through Westbrook Studios, promising a blend of star power and creative vision. Ryan Shimazaki oversees the production, ensuring a seamless execution. Additionally, Stuart Ford produces for AGC Studios, which takes pride in fully financing the film. Richard Abate adds his touch as a producer for 3 Arts Entertainment.

Global Distribution
AGC International and CAA Media Finance secure the film's worldwide distribution rights. The highly anticipated 'Sugar Bandits' will be introduced to potential buyers at the upcoming European Film Market (EFM), a platform that can significantly impact its global reach.

Recent Works and Upcoming Projects
'Sugar Bandits' marks Will Smith's return to the big screen after 'Emancipation', directed by Antoine Fuqua. Despite 'Emancipation' making headlines with a record-breaking sale to Apple TV at Cannes, the film faced challenges in making a lasting impact upon release.

Diverse Portfolio
In addition to 'Sugar Bandits', Will Smith is set to star in the eagerly awaited zombie film 'I Am Legend'. The movie, featuring Michael B Jordan, sees Smith reprising his iconic role from 2007. Furthermore, fans can anticipate the fourth installment of the 'Bad Boys' series, currently in production.

'Sugar Bandits': Development History and Current Status
Originally announced in 2013 with Universal spearheading development, 'Sugar Bandits' has undergone a journey to fruition. The film's presence at the European Film Market, running from February 15-21, signifies a crucial phase as it gains momentum toward its release.

European Film Market and Berlin Film Festival
The European Film Market aligns with the Berlin Film Festival, commencing on February 15 with the world premiere of 'Small Things Like These', featuring acclaimed actor Cillian Murphy. These events set the stage for the industry's latest offerings and developments, as reported by Variety.

(With ANI inputs)

First published: 15 February 2024, 10:04 IST