Will Smith has agreed to star in the Michael Mann directed drama Empire. According to Variety, John Logan will write the screenplay for Columbia Pictures to produce.

While key plot points are being kept under wraps, it is known that the film will be about a wealthy media mogul who plans to control the world. This will be the first time Mann and Smith have worked together since Ali.

The film does not have a set start date at this time, but they better hurry up and lock one down if they are going to beat the impending strike. Look for the film to head into production sometime in 2008.