Will Smith is the subject of a fierce bidding war to turn his life into a movie.
The 53-year-old actor released his memoir ‘WILL’ last year, and now it’s been reported he could be set to make millions from a biopic, with major streaming services ‘claiming to acquire the rights.
A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Some feared Will’s brutal honesty in his book could damage his reputation.
“But it did the opposite and helped him connect with his audience like never before.
“When he signed his book deal, he did so with an accompanying biopic in mind.
“Now every streaming service is clamoring for the rights. The bidding war means he can command a huge amount of money, so he’s weighing his options to see which one will handle his life story more carefully.
“The book was really successful because it told his inspiring, but sometimes very difficult story.
“Because it’s going to be so personal, it’s a sensitive thing for Will. He wants to make sure it’s done the right way and it’s not something that’s rushed, no matter the money. .
The ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star previously revealed that it was his father’s death that led him to write the tell-all tome.
The ‘King Richard’ actor felt ‘handcuffed’ by the presence of his father, Willard Carroll Smith Sr. – who died in 2016 – and didn’t feel like he could share his ‘full truth’ about the story of his life until his parent was gone.
He said: “My father passed away in 2016. There were things about my childhood that I would never have shared while he was alive. I felt handcuffed in such a way that I couldn’t share my whole truth. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known…but there were flaws.
“My father could never have endured the conversation.”
Will finally felt he had “suffered enough” to write his new tome “WILL” and hopes it will be “useful” for fans and readers.
The Aladdin star – who has son Trey, 29, from a previous relationship and Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21, with wife Jada Pinkett Smith – admitted writing the book was a “cathartic” experience, even if it was hard to look back.
He said: “It’s so cathartic to bring him out. It can be physically debilitating not to speak your truth out loud…the practice of even being able to say it out loud is liberating.
“This self-exploration, to be honest with yourself and to come into your life, your relationships…with that honesty, is excruciating. But I would recommend it.
In the book, the ‘Men in Black’ actor admitted he considered killing his father to avenge the abuse his mother, Caroline Bright, suffered at the hands of her estranged husband.
Although Will maintained a good relationship with his father after his parents separated when he was a teenager, he admitted his anger over his childhood violence resurfaced years later as he cared of her parent with cancer.