Sony, Will Smith’s Overbrook on Katrina hero story

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NEW ORLEANS — Sony Pictures Entertainment and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment have obtained the rights to make a movie about an ex-Marine who protected and helped rescue 244 people from a building flooded by Hurricane Katrina.

NEW ORLEANS — Sony Pictures Entertainment and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment have obtained the rights to make a movie about an ex-Marine who protected and helped rescue 244 people from a building flooded by Hurricane Katrina. John Lee Hancock will write and direct the film about John Keller, in a project based on a script by Adetoro Makinde of Back Door Films. The Times-Picayune quoted Overbrook executive Jeff Sommerville as saying Smith probably will play the part of Keller. He did not immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Sony spokesman Steve Elzer said in an e-mail that there has not been any talk about casting, and Smith is only involved as a producer. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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