Smith pic TKO’d?

Oct 16, 2000 by Ian Evans

Will Smith has the perfect charisma to play famed box Muhammad Ali. But as it stands right now, audiences may not get a chance to see that.

According to Variety, Sony is on the verge of scrapping the Michael Mann film because its budget is projected to be over the studio’s $105 million cap.

It may just be a bargaining ploy to get Mann to cut costs, but Smith does have a good hand to play too. He’s been working hard to get in shape for this role and really wants to play it, so he can always threaten to drop out of talks to work on the Men in Black sequel for Sony.