Universal Pictures has attached Will Smith to star in a feature adaptation of the TV series “It Takes a Thief.”
The Roland Kibbee-created series, which starred Robert Wagner, ran 1968-70.
Smith will play a charming rogue who is blackmailed by the government into doing covert larceny for the good of his country. Pic will put the professional thief in the employ of the CIA.
Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter have come aboard to produce the film with Kevin Misher, John Davis and Joe Singer. “Four Brothers” scribes David Elliot and Paul Lovett are set to write the script.
Davis and Singer set up the project at Universal nearly a decade ago, when it was envisioned as a potential starring vehicle for Michael Douglas. Studio has had Smith in its sights for several years, but the project just recently gained forward motion with a fresh take and new writers.
Smith and Lassiter are working with producing partners Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman to mount “Tonight, He Comes,” a drama Smith will topline this summer. Smith most recently starred with son Jaden Smith in the Gabriele Muccino-directed “The Pursuit of Happyness” for Columbia.