Will Smith and Jaden Smith to Star in M. Night Shyamalan Sci-Fi Film

Now that M. Night Shyamalan has seemingly extracted the last ounce of faith from his most dedicated fans with The Last Airbender, it’s going to be very interesting to see what his next project is and how it is received. Last year we heard the worrying news that he was developing a sci-fi movie called One Thousand A.E. with Will Smith on board as producer and his son Jaden potentially in the lead role. This week, it appears that the project is being set up at Sony and that Big Willie Style may also be starring in the film as well. Hey, if there’s one surefire way to end a series of flops, it is recruiting the biggest Hollywood superstar on the planet to be in your next movie!

According to Deadline New York, both Will Smith and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in the film, which is currently without an official title. The script was originally written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), but Shyamalan has since been involved in rewriting it. So no, unfortunately this will not be the first time M. Night Shyamalan directs from someone else’s script.

It will, however, be Shyamalan’s very first full-blown science-fiction piece. The story reportedly revolves around a young boy who crash lands a spaceship on an abandoned planet with his estranged father. The last time Will and Jaden were on screen together in The Pursuit of Happyness, it prompted mostly positive reviews. Can they help revive Shyamalan’s career or does this sound like a disaster in the making?

  • 1138sw

    I did catch The Pursuit of Happyness and thought it was feel good OK movie and Jayden at the time seemed OK…though it was hard to tell when the movie was mostly a vehicle for Will.

    The karate kid he was annoying and I could not finish watching.

    Now it seems like Smith is just grooming his son for stardom…which I guess isn’t such a bad thing but his son has gotten somewhat annoying.

    Combined that with M. Knight turning off people left and right an a movie project with said people might not be such a good idea.

    It’s one thing to have Will Smith star in your movie but it’s another to have father and son, which to a lot of people might smell of outright blatant nepotism rather than father and son embarking on a great epic project.

    M knight better be successful this time or his film career will really be in the toilet.

  • Am I the only one who like The Last Airbender?

  • rob

    this would be advertised as a will smith film tho probably, maybe with a “from the director of…” or is it compulsory for m. night not to have his name on the poster

    atleast this isnt an alien invasion film, im looking forward to it

    I dislike the fact that will smiths kids only get stardom out of their parents efforts, its not like some who start witha push from their parents and branch out. Although i suppose they are too young to branch out really

    If you think jaden is annoying you should listen to an interview with willow!

  • suzyq8

    I Loved Loved “The Last Air Bender”

  • Nelson

    Well, as long as Will and Jaden know what they’re getting into with this guy. My advice to them would be to read that script SEVERAL times and make sure he doesn’t put any special “twist” in the story that’s going to make anyone that dares to watch the movie hate it by the time it’s over.

    He got away with it in “Sixth Sense” but I have learned my lesson by now. He can generate a lot of publicity and excitement by attaching his name to a project but I have been burned once too often by M. Night.

    But yes, if anything could save a potential M. Night disaster, Will Smith could. If this does get made and it actually makes it to theaters then that will be one of the only reason that I bother to go see it.

  • Henrik

    Immovable object (Will Smith’s star power) vs unstoppable force (Shyamalan’s alienation of audiences worldwide).

  • Gus Kant Danzt

    The three of them should start a sit-com and call it two and a half dorks …..

  • I actually think this could work. Before, M. Night was dealing with actors without ‘true’ power and everyone was bowing to M. Night’s script. Now you have a seasoned superstar in Will Smith with a very known and likable screen presence. Even M. Night can’t screw that up. Mr. Smith will do his thing and/or calm down an over sensitive M. Night when the producers demand it. It may let M. Night get a sci-fi out there and maybe, just maybe, he’ll learn what a ‘non wooden’ (+ funny) performance can do for a movie!

  • Anthony

    Anyone who’s seen the remake of the Day the Earth stood still knows what they’re getting into with Jaden Smith in even a supporting role.