Will Smith is in a “bitter bidding war to turn his memoir into a biopic while major streaming services clamor for the rights”
Will Smith is reportedly in a violent bidding war to turn his memoir into a biopic.
The Hollywood heavyweight, 53, published his self-titled book last year and has now been reported to be aiming for an eight-figure sum.
Major streaming services are said to be “screaming” to acquire the rights to Will, but the actor “wants to make sure it’s done right.”
Bid War: Will Smith is engaged in a bitter bidding war to turn his memoir into a biopic
A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Some feared Will’s brutal honesty in his book could tarnish his reputation. But it did the opposite and helped him connect with his audience like never before.
“When he signed his book deal, he did so with an accompanying biopic in mind. Now all the streaming services are clamoring for the rights.”
The bidding war means he has a massive amount of money at his disposal, so he weighs his options to see which will treat his life story the most carefully.
“Given the fact that it’s going to be so personal, it’s a tricky thing for Will. He wants to make sure it’s done right and nothing is rushed, regardless of the money,” the source added.
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Rights: The Hollywood heavyweight, 53, published his self-titled book last year and has now been reported to be aiming for an eight-figure sum
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star previously revealed that it was his father’s death that prompted him to write the reveal tape.
The King Richard actor felt empowered by the presence of his father Willard Carroll Smith Sr. – who passed away in 2016 – and didn’t feel like he could share the “full truth” of his life story until his relative was gone.
He said: “My father passed away in 2016. There were things in my childhood that I would never have shared in my lifetime.
“I felt so tied up that I couldn’t share my full truth. He was one of the greatest men I had ever known…but there were flaws. My father could never have endured the conversation.”
‘Handcuffed’: The ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star previously revealed that it was his father’s death that prompted him to write the reveal tape
Will finally felt like he’d “suffered enough” to write his memoir, and hopes it will be “helpful” to fans and readers.
The Aladdin star, who has sons Trey, 29, from a previous relationship, and Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, admitted writing the book was a “cathartic” experience, despite it hard to see was back.
He said: “It’s so cathartic to bring it out. It can be physically debilitating not to speak the truth out loud…the practice of even being able to say it out loud is liberating.
Family: The Aladdin star, who has sons Trey, 29, from a previous relationship, and Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith, admitted writing the book had been a “cathartic” experience, although it was hard to look back
“This self-examination, to be honest with yourself and to go into your life and relationships with that honesty is excruciating. But I would recommend it. ‘
In the book, The Men in Black actor admitted he was considering killing his father to avenge the abuse his mother, Caroline Bright, suffered at the hands of her ex-husband.
Although Will maintained a good relationship with his father after his parents separated when he was a teenager, he admitted his anger at childhood violence resurfaced years later while caring for his parent with cancer.
Praised: Will received critical acclaim for his performance as Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard