Will Smith Expands His 'Empire'
Michael Mann will direct from a script by John Logan
Written by John Logan, "Empire" will be produced by Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment shingle, along with Mann's Forward Pass.
Variety was unable to learn anything about the "Empire" plot except that Smith will play a "contemporary global media mogul."
Mann is one of the producers on Smith's upcoming superhero drama "John Hancock."
It's unclear when "Empire" will be ready to shoot, since Smith will finish "John Hancock" and move into publicity mode for the December release of "I Am Legend." He's then slated to move on to "Seven Pounds," another repeat pairing, this time with his "Pursuit of Happyness" director Gabriele Muccino.
Mann's last film behind the camera was "Miami Vice," which he also served as producer on "The Kingdom."