Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Exits 'Collateral Beauty' Over Creative Differences

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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

The New Line film will star Will Smith.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the director if Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has exited Collateral Beauty, the drama that has Will Smith attached to star.

The helmer is leaving the film, which is in pre-production, over creative differences.

Sources say New Line, which recently acquired worldwide rights to the PalmStar Media and Likely Story project, is still very hot on the project and will make finding a new director for the film a priority.

The Allan Loeb-written script centers on a New York advertising exec who experiences a deep personal tragedy. His colleagues devise an unconventional plan to break him out of his depression — which works, but not in a way that anyone imagined.

The project has been brewing all year, attracting high-profile talent as it was being packaged. Hugh Jackman was previously attached to the lead role but exited due to scheduling conflicts with his Wolverine project. Rooney Mara was also attached to the project at one time but is no longer.

Gomez-Rejon has become a hot talent after his last film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, was a breakout hit at Sundance. He's in talks to direct The Weinstein Co.'s The Current War, which will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch, which he was supposed to direct after Collateral Beauty. He's repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and attorneys Matt Johnson and P.J. Shapiro.

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