Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge revealed on their Instagram stories that they will be teaming up and star in a series adaptation of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which is being developed by Amazon Studios and New Regency.
The 2005 film, which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, focused on a bored upper middle class married couple who are surprised to learn that they are assassins belonging to competing agencies, and that they have been assigned to kill each other.
Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, released a statement saying:
Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world. It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team. ’Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.
New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer also released a statement saying:
Having had the pleasure of successful collaborations with the incredibly talented Donald Glover, most recently on ‘Guava Island,’ we all started talking about other projects to do together and when he suggested the idea of a new take and iteration on the New Regency film, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith,’ we jumped at the chance to get going right away. Adding Phoebe and her company Wells Street Films as a collaborator and co-star takes everything up another level and makes the project worthy of a reimagining for both new audiences and past fans of the original film. We are so excited to be working with Donald, Phoebe, Francesca and the entire team at Amazon Studios.
Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who previously collaborated on Solo: A Star Wars Story, will also be serving as executive producers on the series, with Francesca Sloane serving as co-creator and showrunner. New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer will serve as executive producers along with Wells Street Films’ Jenny Robins.
The Mr. and Mrs. Smith project is being aimed for 2022 premiere.