Will Smith To Protray Chris Garder In Biopic

Columbia Pictures have bought the rights to the Chris Gardner Project and are looking to develop it with Will Smith starring in the lead role of Chris Gardner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story is based on the real life rags-to-riches story of a Chicago businessman which was aired on ABC's 20/20 in January.

It is a real-life tale of survival over life's toughest challenges. After a chain of circumstances left Gardner jobless and homeless at age 30, he found himself and his baby son living in a bathroom at a San Francisco train station. Despite the negative situation, Gardner continued to fight toward his goal of becoming a broker, eventually landing a job as a trainee and rising through the ranks at such companies as Dean Witter and Bear Stearns to his current standing -- partner and owner of the Chicago-based minority brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co. and self-made millionaire.

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