Will and Jaden Smith to Star in Sci-Fi Film from M. Night Shyamalan
Last October we heard about a secretive project from M. Night Shyamalan called One Thousand A.E. At the time we only knew the project was an "ultra clandestine sci-fi project" that was being developed as a starring vehicle for Jaden Smith. The young actor's father Will Smith was only said to be producing, but now Deadline reports both the father and son acting duo will star in the film. The story takes place far in the future where a young boy has to navigate an abandoned planet to find a crashed space ship that harbors his estranged father. As we suspected, A.E. is in reference to "after earth," a time after our planet is destroyed.
For now the project is untitled, so the aforementioned name was probably just a working title. The elder Smith is still producing through his Overbrook Entertainment banner and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith is also producing alongside Shyamalan (who has been confirmed to direct the film as well). The last time Jaden did sci-fi, it was the poor remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, but the last time he worked with his father, it resulted in a sappy, though well-acted drama in the form of The Pursuit of Happyness. Of course, Shyamalan's talent behind the camera has dwindled considerably (see The Last Airbender), and it's hard for me to get excited at this point. However, the good news is the script has help from The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta, so there might be some hope. What do you think?