Shyamalan Secretly Working on New Sci-Fi 'One Thousand A.E.'

October 20, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

M. Night Shyamalan

What's this all about? M. Night Shyamalan has a new project he's working on. And no, it's not horror, but it is science fiction. Heat Vision is reporting that Shyamalan has been in town this week putting together his next project, titled One Thousand A.E., which he will apparently take on as his "next directorial effort." It's being developed at Overbrook Ent., Will Smith's company, but according to THR this has nothing to do with that other secret Shyamalan project from the summer with Bruce Willis and Bradley Cooper attached. This one apparently has a script written by The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta - okay, now I'm interested.

So what do we know about One Thousand A.E.? Not much. Heat Vision says it's an "ultra clandestine sci-fi project" that is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jaden Smith. As long as we're not in The Day the Earth Stood Still territory again, that's fine. Will Smith won't actually be starring in it either. If that "A.E." part of the title is the same as Disney's Titan A.E., then maybe it has something to do with the destruction of Earth. Even though Shyamalan didn't write it, you know this will have something to do with coincidences. That said, I'm open to seeing Shyamalan explore the science fiction genre, but I know he's got a lot of work ahead of him if he wants people to stop laughing at him and take him seriously. I'd like to see a comeback.

There's not much we know about this yet, but it's on our radar now, so we'll be sure to keep our eye out for One Thousand A.E. Anyone have any thoughts as to what it could be about? From the mind of Gary Whitta, I'm definitely curious to hear more about this, as he's great with unique sci-fi concepts. Your thoughts?

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  • Cruzer
    We'll see. I'm actually looking forward to Trent Reznor's "Year Zero" mini-series on HBO, which is set in a dystopian world after some crazy shit happens. I'd be interested in this project if Shyamalan wasn't involved. The guys become a joke these past few years...
  • Tether
    M. Night Shyamalan is like a family member who is addicted to drugs. You want him to get better and do something great with his life, but you always fear the worst. I agree with you Alex and would like to see Night make a comeback cause I know he can do great things. I'll patiently wait for more info before committing myself to a movie ticket but I'll continue to hope for the best while expecting the worst.
  • You lost me at 'Shyamalan secretly working on ...'
  • Happy Camper
    calling it now, fail. Jaden Smith come on...
  • nelson
    excited because he is not writing? LOL
  • Day
    #2, you could have said it better lol. I'll always give him a very small benefit of the doubt because of his early films, but like Alex said, he has his work cut out for him.
  • Nick and the big bad B
    Yeah I agree with #2, but at this point I'm just sick of the dissapointment.
  • Tether
    @6 I suppose I could have. Like Nick said, I'm just sick of the disappointment. Village was just alright if not outright bland. Lady in the Water almost made me lose my faith in humanity. I had to laugh at the Happening because it wasn't worth getting angry paying money to see it. Haven't seen Airbender because of the Happening. If he made something as unique as Unbreakable it wouldn't be an issue.
  • Blue Silver
    Shymalan directing that annoying Smith kid? I'll pass!
  • Chairman Miaow
    Sorry, Shyamalan has squandered all chances of me ever seeing his movies again thanks to his most recent efforts. Also, not to nitpick, but Titan A.E. was a Fox Animations Studios production, not Disney. It even says so in the Wikipedia article you linked.
  • Akirakorn
    @Alex... "This one apparently has a script written by The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta - okay, now I'm interested." Did you even watch The Book of Eli? It was mediocre, only because of the stellar cast. The rest was bland and rehashed. Like they should've called it Denzel Washington's The Postman.
  • M
    Just one minor detail, but Titan A.E. is from Fox, not Disney.
  • Klo
    You lost me at Shyamalan, and made me spit at my computer monitor when you mentioned Whitta. Seriously, this will suck. Book of Eli was one of the worst films I've ever seen.
  • Nthngmn his mind?
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    Just because nobody has the energy to feign interest does not mean Shama-lama is "working in secret". It just means nobody cares.
  • Shane
  • I'll watch it. I don't care.
  • will
    i lost all my interest, when I see jaden smith starring in this project.
  • Sabes
    @2 "M. Night Shyamalan is like a family member who is addicted to drugs. You want him to get better and do something great with his life, but you always fear the worst." You said it perfectly.
  • harrison
    i finally got around to seeing 'the happening', and really didnt think it was as bad as everyone made it out to be, faulty science sure, i laughed quite a bit, but no completely terrible and i always like me some sci fi, ill keep an open mind on this one, even with jaden smith in it
  • Para
    lol look at all the haters sixth sense $600 mil Unbreakable $154 mil Signs $408 mil The Village $250 mil Lady in the Water $72.8 mil The Happening $163 mil The Last Airbender $315 mil so his movies have made more than a billion dollars and you still say he is not good. lol. oh and by the way 44th best movie of all time
  • Para
    sixth sense is the 44th best movie of all time.
  • kknight
    I'm excited for Shyamalan's next project especially if it's sci-fi... sounds like a movie that will be far in the future. I don't have a problem with Jaden Smith. @Para -- These haters usually only exist on the internet.




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