Muccino To Direct Smith In 'Pursuit Of Happyness'

Gabriele Muccino is to direct Will Smith in Pursuit of Happyness, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Muccino most recently directed 2003's "Ricordati di me" (Remember Me, My Love). His credits include "L'Ultimo bacio" (One Last Kiss) and "Come te nessuno mai" (But Forever in My Mind).

The project is based on 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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