According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the spec script This Bill Smith from first-time writers Ben Brandstrader and Jonathan Sadowski, who hatched the idea for the script in between the breakfast and lunch rushes at the Hollywood cafe where they worked.

Bill Smith centers on the life of a man who shares a common first and last name with an estimated 72,000 other men living in the United States. The Smith at the center of the script is dying of cancer and questioning his self-worth. He believes that there must be many other Bill Smiths out there leading happier lives. With his quirky "cancer buddy," with whom he has been paired up as part of his medical treatment, Smith embarks on a road trip to meet the other Bill Smiths in the country.