Variety reports that “a seven-figure pitch deal” netted the project for the studio. Mann, who last directed Smith in Ali, will work from a script by John Logan — another reunion for the director, who developed The Aviator with Logan before handing it off to Martin Scorsese.
So what’s Empire about? Nobody’s telling. From the article:
Neither the studio nor the principals would elaborate on the plot, but sources said that Smith will play a contemporary global media mogul.
A global media mogul, eh? Sounds like a real stretch for Smith. We love it!