M. Night Shyamalan To Direct ‘One Thousand A.E.’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:10 pm,

Considering that seemingly no one likes M. Night Shyamalan these days, the auteur has had a pretty decent year overall. The Last Airbender was slaughtered by critics, but did solid business at the box office and the first entry in his Night Chronicles series, Devil, ┬áhas already paid for itself and wasn’t half bad to boot (read our Devil review here).

The Sixth Sense filmmaker has selected his next directorial project, titled One Thousand A.E., but here’s the real kicker – Shyamalan wrote neither the script or even the screen story for the feature.

One Thousand A.E. was penned by Garry Whitta, who also wrote The Book of Eli and the upcoming Kurt Russell supernatural project, Undying. Details on the film’s plot are being kept firmly under wraps in typical Shyamalan fashion, but the project is being developed by Will Smith’s Overbrook production company and – according to Heat Vision – is being developed as a vehicle for Smith’s son, Jaden. The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is not expected to star alongside his son, even though One Thousand A.E. reportedly has a lead role for an adult male as well.

Shyamalan shopped around his latest screenplay this past June – which had attracted several big stars and was described as Taken with a supernatural edge – but failed to attract a buyer. He has plans for Last Airbender 2 & 3, but will tackle One Thousand A.E. before he returns to the fantastical land of element-benders.

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If there’s one consistent complaint that Shyamalan critics seem to have, it’s that the man simply isn’t a very good screenwriter – kind of ironic, given that he’s actually a pretty creative storyteller and his movies tend to be character-driven. Shyamalan should benefit from working with someone else’s script, and it will likely help his reputation for being a bit of a control freak filmmaker since he can’t really claim One Thousand A.E. as “M. Night Shyamalan’s” (he might anyway – we’ll just have to hope for the best).

These days moviegoers don’t get as excited for Shyamalan’s projects like they did just a few years back, but that could change if his next film ends up being good. Twist endings have by now become almost a schtick for Shyamalan, so hopefully One Thousand A.E. will feature a plot that doesn’t attempt to pull the rug out from viewer’s feet at the last moment – that’s what we’re already expecting to happen, right?

Source: THR

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  1. Jaden Smith? Pass.

    • More like: M. Night Shyamalan? Pass.

      • Jaden Smith & M. Night Shyamalan? Pass. Pass.

  2. If this was written by the writer of Book of Eli, then perhaps Shyamalama-ding-dongs attraction to this project IS a last minute pull-the-rug-out kind of twist ending. I tell people that the end of Eli had the same effect as 6th Sense, so it might stand to reason, but who knows…

  3. Oh NO!

  4. I’m supporting Shyamalan 100%

    • LOL are you M.Night under a different name??

      • Ah yes the old mature classic. When someone defends or sticks up for someone against the consensus, ask them if they are that person. Ha Ha hilarious and so original – well done!

  5. My friends made a music video based on the very idea that M. Night’s career has gone further down hill with each film. It’s pretty spot on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8l-ZmQ7W3M

  6. Shymalan is a one trick pony. I have no idea why 1) studios keep hiring him and 2) people continue to go to his films.

    • Shyamalan is a hugely successful director. I have no idea why 1) people keep deluding themselves that he is not 2) people don’t realize how stupid they look by deriding him.

  7. no…..just…no

    • First of all you don’t know anything about the future. Jaden Smith is my cousin and I belive in him and M. Night this movie may be great no one knows that includes YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Why do people judge is that your job. This goes out to all of the haters here

  8. pass sounds like a great combo for a suckfest i know he’s young but Will he is not and M. Night after airbender he can vanish like our hopes of another good movie from him have done

  9. Only 2 of Night’s movies had twist endings so I fail to see how twist endings are his schtick. Chris Nolan has more movies with twist endings no one rags on him about them.

  10. shyamalan is the king of making suspense

    he is like no other

    he is superb director