'Marley & Me' Helmer David Frankel in Talks to Direct Will Smith's 'Collateral Beauty'

David Frankel Headshot - H 2014
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David Frankel Headshot - H 2014

Will Smith is attached to star in the New Line film.

The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me helmer David Frankel is in early talks to direct New Line's Collateral Beauty, which will star Will Smith.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who directed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, was previously attached, but exited the project in October over creative differences.

The Allan Loeb-written script centers on a New York advertising exec (Smith) 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.

New Line acquired worldwide rights to the PalmStar Media and Likely Story project in September and plans on shooting the movie early in the new year.

Frankel most recently directed 2012’s Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and 2013’s One Chance, a British comedy which told the true story of a Britain's Got Talent winner and starred James Corden.

He’s repped by WME and Anonymous Content.