Dr. S. Allen Counter: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Smith and Columbia Pictures are teaming to bring to the screen the story of Dr. S. Allen Counter, a Harvard professor and professional explorer. The studio confirmed that it has purchased a screenplay from scribe Sid Quashie centering on Counter for Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment to produce.
It is designed as a starring vehicle for Smith. The project is described as an adventure romance based on Counter's explorations.
It's not clear which expedition it will center on, but Counter has done research on indigenous people of the rain forest in Suriname as well as on Eskimo tribes in Greenland. He is the author of the books "North Pole Legacy: Black, White and Eskimo" and "I Sought My Brother: An Afro-American Reunion."