Jonathan Mostow has ankled “Tonight, He Comes,” the Columbia Pictures drama Will Smith will topline this summer and produce with Akiva Goldsman, Michael Mann and James Lassiter.
No fireworks preceded the exit; Mostow and Smith simply found they weren’t on the same page creatively. Mostow will remain on the project as exec producer.
The studio will begin the search for a new director quickly so that the project can stay on track for a June start.
Smith will play a disaffected and underappreciated superhero in existential crisis. Script, originally by Vincent Ngo and rewritten by Vince Gilligan, has long been considered an unmade gem.
“Tonight” becomes the second major studio project to recently switch directors before getting to the starting line. Universal is still looking to land a helmer to direct Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” after David Dobkin left a project still on track for an August start.
To accommodate “Tonight, He Comes,” Mostow pushed back “Swiss Family Robinson,” a film he rewrote with Same Montgomery for Disney and Mandeville. He could do that project next.