‘Hunger Games’ Actress Up To Join Shyamalan’s ‘After Earth’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

2013 is going to be a good year for fans of science fiction entertainment – projects like Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game adaptation, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 are all slated to hit the scene by either spring or summer.

One of the other noteworthy sci-fi flicks due to hit theaters that year is M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth: an original project that actually sounds pretty promising, despite the fact that its director’s name has become synonymous with “hack,” as far as many moviegoers are concerned.

After Earth follows a father and son (played by real-life father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith) on an adventure that unfolds after the two are stranded on a futuristic version of planet Earth, abandoned by humanity some thousand years ago. The supporting cast already includes Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo and Zoë Kravitz; assuming negotiations do not fail, Isabelle Fuhrman will soon be joining their ranks.

Heat Vision has the scoop on Fuhrman being in talks for After Earth, which is slated to start production no later than this upcoming March. For those not familiar with the teen actress: Fuhrman popped up on many moviegoers’ radar after a memorably spooky performance in the thriller Orphan, and should soon see her starmeter rise even higher when she portrays the cunning Clove in The Hunger Games this spring.

While the After Earth cast reads as pretty solid overall (assuming you’re not a Smith hater, that is) what really makes this flick sound promising is the news that Shyamalan was not the sole writer responsible for its screenplay. Rather, the original script draft was penned by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) before Shyamalan did some revision work. However, the bulk of re-writing on the After Earth screenplay has been performed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan.

Between all the storytelling help he’s getting and Shyamalan’s own intrinsic abilities as a cinematic artist (the guy does have some real talent) there seems to be reason enough to hope that After Earth could actually be a vast improvement on the director’s last couple of films. Shouldn’t exactly be a difficult task, but still…

After Earth remains set for a theatrical release in the U.S. on June 7th, 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. “Shyamalan’s new project, ‘After Earth’, which stars Will and Jaden Smith.”

    On what planet do these ‘stars’ think they are living on where this kind of nepotism is a positive thing. Jaden smith?, no thanks kid… go whip your head back ‘n’ forth and EARN your way into the industry.

  2. Absolutely HATE the Smiths, completely agree with you Simon (Y)

  3. I do not hate Will Smith but I will never like the fact his son got such an early start……just because he is Will Smith’s kid. There is no other reason this kid is an actor.

    • The pursuit of happyness was good but I do agree with you

    • c’on its not his fault he just a very lucky kid!!

    • You’re an idiot. Lots of people got a start because of their parents. Don’t be such a hypocrite.


    Please Isabelle, just watch The Happening, Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender!!! Don’t go by The Sixth Sense, that was obviously a fluke!!!

  5. Is Shyamalan doing unbreakable 2 after this film? i heard he was and would love to see it,orc a sequel to sign,or sixth sense.

  6. The writer of this article is a “hack”. And she doesn’t even know what it means.

    Yeah, M. Night’s films have been bad since the Village. So what? Plenty of directors had career slumps.

    • I suppose it’s possible that I don’t know really comprehend what the word “hack” means, but I feel fairly confident that I know what the word “troll” means. 8-)

      • Of couse you do. Because only a troll would say something like, “…despite the fact that its director’s name has become synonymous with “hack,” as far as many moviegoers are concerned.”

        Here’s a tip: hack doesn’t mean bad. It means passionless work done for money. Plenty of classic movies have been done by hacks. It’s someone who takes no risks and does nothing personal. This can’t be said of Night. Regardless of how bad his movies have gotten.

        • Sorry, but that’s the common complaint I tend to hear about Shyamalan these days, especially in regards to movies like The Happening and The Last Airbender – namely, that those flicks are just sloppy and were made with seemingly little passion. For the record, I actually like Shyamalan as a director and would like to see him start releasing films that I can get behind again, which is why I’m actually optimistic about After Earth.

          That’s all to say: I stated an observation (ie. that many people think of Shyamalan as a hack) rather than simply ignore that issue, whereas you chose to insult me for doing just that. Which of us is the troll, again?

    • And she doesn’t even know what it means

      Before you try to rip someone’s literary prowess apart, it might be best to know the gender of your foe; Sandy is a man.

  7. Worried about M. Night having something to do with the script?!

    The “hack” that wrote that abortion, “Book Of Eli” wrote some of this.


    Ok, my bad going to see BOE, being as I’m not a christian, but wow, did they have to lay it on that thick?

    lets hope this is better…

    • @Andrew

      I’m agnostic, the religious message in BOE didn’t bother me at all. I don’t see why it would. They’re not telling you to do anything, it’s just part of the story. I enjoyed it for the characters, the twist, the plot, etc. It was a fun ride. I guess you’re not as accepting that other people have different beliefs than yourself, but I couldn’t care less. Sure it’s not my belief, but I know it’s the belief of many other people, so I respect it, just like I respect all religions. One reason why I HATE when people confuse agnostics with atheists. I’m open-minded, not antagonistic. Logic and intelligence tells me that it is physically impossible to prove a negative. So I think it’s against my standard to specifically stand against something. I’d rather stand FOR things that can be proven than to stand against something…

    • @Andrew

      To add to that, that’s just me though, not telling you how to live your life. Just explaining how I enjoyed the movie even though I’m not Christian/Catholic myself…