So basically, 2-time nominee Will Smith is trying really hard to win an Oscar.
The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds didn't quite cut it, so he's deciding to step up his game and go "full retard."
Pajiba is reporting that Mr. Smith is looking to star in another film version of the book Flowers for Algernon. I say "another" because the Daniel Keyes novel has already been made into a film once before. Charly won Cliff Robertson an Oscar back in 1969. Could it happen again?
Here's how slashfilm explains the story:
The story is a fairly serious bit of sci-fi on one hand, in which researchers have come up with a way to increase the intelligence of test subjects. On the other hand, it’s a fairly determined and unsubtle tearjerker. The mentally disabled Charlie becomes the first human test subject. (Don’t read the rest of this paragraph if you’re touchy about knowing what happens in a 40-year old novel you should already know the synopsis to.) Charlie’s intelligence increases massively, but then he realizes that the change will not be permanent. His life changes quite a lot thanks to his new intelligence — he loses his job and finally has experience with women, among other things — but eventually he’s right back where he started.