M. Night Shyamalan's New Sci-Fi Movie Now Being Called 'After Earth'
If I recall, I'm pretty sure "After Earth" is exactly what we thought the letters "A.E." stood for in the original title, so it's no surprise they do. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, the new film from M. Night Shyamalan, a sci-fi thriller first titled One Thousand A.E. set to star father/son Will & Jaden Smith, is now being referred to as simply After Earth. The new title comes from tweets written by writer Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) and Shyamalan, who recently joined Twitter (@MNightShyamalan) as well. "9 weeks out from shooting After Earth," he wrote yesterday. So, basically this is something that's set 1000 Years After [We Left] Earth.
If that doesn't shed some light on the story within this, then let's keep going. The original logline for this only states: "After a crash landing, a father and son explore an alien planet." But as of just last month, we know that it's actually "about what happens when a young boy and his father’s spaceship crash lands on Earth one thousand years after humans abandoned it." That all makes sense, in regards to the title After Earth and this father/son returning "after Earth" has been abandoned for 1000 years. If you're interested in Shyamalan's inspiration for this, he tweeted about some of it recently: "Looking at paintings/photos to find the tone of the film. Andrew Wyeth paintings always inspire me." You can visit his official website here.
Since our original post on One Thousand A.E. years ago said it was an "ultra clandestine sci-fi project", we haven't uncovered many details since. But it sounds like this may indeed just be about a father and son who explore an alien planet after crash landing there, probably discovering along the way that it was Earth all along. ("Damn you all to hell!") Shyamalan has been hard at work in pre-production recently, including storyboarding. "I draw out every shot on my films. Just finished the second pass of them for After Earth. 676 shots! Four months of work." You can follow him on Twitter for more, and we'll keep an eye out, too.
Overbrook Entertainment and Columbia Pictures are developing After Earth, set to star Will & Jaden Smith. Our last update said that Oscar winning writer Stephen Gaghan (Rules of Engagement, Traffic, The Alamo, Syriana) was taking a pass at the original script written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). It already has a June 7th, 2013 release date scheduled and shooting starts, as M. Night says, in 9 more weeks, early 2012.