Just weeks after coming onboard Sony's Tonight, He Comes, director Gabriele Muccino has left, according to Variety.

The movie is still on course to shoot next year with Will Smith starring.

Muccino was hired after Jonathan Mostow bowed out due to creative differences. Smith and Muccino had such a strong rapport on the recently completed The Pursuit of Happyness that the Smith was eager to reteam with the Italian director. Once the dust settled and Muccino got into the project, they decided that the story of a superhero in midlife crisis wasn't for him, and the split was amicable.

Because Sony has Muccino wrapping up Happyness for a December release, the studio already pushed Tonight, He Comes from a summer start to early 2007. Warner Bros. used the open slot to accelerate the start of the Francis Lawrence-directed sci-fi pic I Am Legend.

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