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?