Flowers for Algernon is a story that I first read in grade school and yet remember fondly. It’s the story of Charlie, a mentally handicapped man who undergoes an experiment that drastically raises his IQ. Though pretty sentimental and pungent in weepy emotions, there is a lot that it says about intelligence and the way in which we relate to each other. Cliff Robertson (who you may remember as Uncle Ben from Spider-Man) earned an Academy Award in a 1968 adaptation, Charly.
Now, according to Pajiba, who cite inside sources, Will Smith is planning to produce and star in an update of Flowers for Algernon. Will Smith is not foreign to sentimental films, having starred in movies like The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. Unfortunately, he also has about twenty-five projects in development. Whether he eventually gets to them all, Algernon may have to wait. But if he does end up starring in the film, then Robert Downey Jr. has some pertinent advice for him.