Writer Stephen Gaghan Polishing Shyamalan's 'One Thousand A.E.'
With production start on M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi film One Thousand A.E. just around the corner in February of 2012, it's about that time for the script to be ready to go in front of the camera. Thankfully, some great writing talent has given some finishing touches to the script as Variety reports Traffic writer Stephen Gaghan has just finished polishing the script for Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment, the production banner of Will Smith who is starring in the film along with his son Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid). What's truly exciting is that this is the first film that Shymalan didn't write himself. Read on!
Obviously Shyamalan showed promise in his first few films, but recently, his work has lacked substance and quality. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) wrote the original script about a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it's up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place. Shyamalan rewrote some of the screenplay for his own needs, but it was Gaghan who really made the script shine and just turned his last batch of revisions into the studio last month. Some more work will likely be done alongside Shyamalan before shooting begins early next year, and personally I can't wait to see what Shyamalan does with a script that doesn't belong to him. How about you?