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Shyamalan's 'After Earth' Release Moved Up One Week to May 31st

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April 19, 2013

After Earth

Briefly: Sony Pictures has confirmed that the release of After Earth, the new sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, has been moved up a week to May 31st (the same opening day as Now You See Me and The Purge). It was originally set for the first weekend in June, but with Man of Steel poised to open huge on a few weeks later on June 14th, they'll need all the extra time they can in theaters to make something before Superman knocks this out. Will Smith stars with his son Jaden Smith in this movie, set on a futuristic Earth where they crash land and must brave a foreign world to seek help. We've seen at least two full-length trailers filled with tons of giant creatures and sci-fi action, we just hope Shyamalan has made a great movie.

1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime is mankind’s new home. General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the planet to recover their rescue beacon. M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, The Happening) directs After Earth from a script he co-wrote with Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). Sony Pictures will release After Earth in theaters on May 31st this summer.

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  • ion677
    I will never, ever, under any circumstances, watch a shyamalan movie. Ever again. Don't care who's in it.
    • Dirty_Sanchez2000
      Big +1! Burned too many times by MKS. Even if it gets an A+ CinemaScore and 100% Rotten Tomatoes I will not go. Too bad. I still like Will Smith quite a bit and enjoy his movies but not enough to override the MKS problem.
  • Chris Groves
    I actually think that's a bad move. Both this, the very original horror film 'The Purge', and the star-studded 'Now You See Me' are opening on May 31st...in the wake of the NUMEROUS must-see films(for many people, not necessarily myself) of May. Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, Star Trek Into Darkness, Epic, Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover part 3. Those are all quite huge releases...and audience just aren't going to turn up the weekend after that. Sure, it puts more space between After Earth and the extremely anticipated Man of Steel....but it puts less space between it and all of the big May movies...and it has it opening on a generally crowded release. I'm not saying it will bomb...but this mixture of variables could easily lead to a failure and I wouldn't be shocked.
  • Linkfx
    This actually looks pretty good considering it's Shyamalan. It's a good solid well-thought out move to pit it against a by-the-numbers magicians and robbery flick and a r-rated sci-fi horror thriller.
    • Chris Groves
      I would say that 'Now You See Me' certainly isn't a 'by the numbers' robbery flick. It seems like it has it's own interesting sci-fi element.
  • jusnothermoviefn
    This movie is destined to fail. People have developed a strong dislike for MKS and a stronger dislike for Will Smith's kid being pushed on us.
    • Avi
      true..
  • lshannel
    i REALLY hope MKS doesn't screw this up...his track-record recently hasn't been too great.
  • I AM LEGEND
    This movie will leave a bad mark on Will Smith's resume. Such a shame.
    • e1843129
      ..there are already a few of those..personally I don't like any of his roles where he's completely unnecessary shuckin' and jivin' just to "appeal to the kids" or whatever...it just ruins the character when it's out of context...and most of the time it is...he's a capable actor he does not need to be "cool" or whatever...
  • e1843129
    ..with every new tidbit about this movie the more I get a "meh" feeling about it...so..meh..
  • $126191
    Might as well get it over with asap. I don't blame Columbia Pictures.

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