Jaden Smith Joins Dad in M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Film

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:29 pm,

It’s hard to imagine that just twelve years ago, M. Night Shyamalan was the most sought after writer/director working in Hollywood. Now, after a string of abominable films and unflattering reports pertaining to Shyamalan’s rather large ego, the mere mention of his name is cause for audiences everywhere to become wary.

Last fall, it was announced that M. Night Shyamalan’s next film would be One Thousand A.E., starring Will Smith and possibly Jaden Smith. Now it’s official – Will and Jaden Smith will be starring in Shyamalan’s next film, only it won’t be called One Thousand A.E.

The mini-synopsis for the film previously known as One Thousand A.E. is as follows:

Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.

I wonder if they changed the name of the film because it sounded too similar to Don Bluth’s interesting (but ultimately unsuccessful) animated film Titan A.E. from back in 2000, which also took place a thousand years into the future in the aftermath of humanity’s existence on Earth (A.E. meaning after earth).

This now-unnamed project was written by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and will be produced by Shyamalan, Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Kevin Stovitz.

Said the president of Columbia Pictures Doug Belgrad about the project:

“Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn’t be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We’re thrilled to have the two of them together on this project.”

And from the mouth of M. Night Shyamalan himself:

“The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project.”

Will and Jaden Smith doing signing on for a film with M. Night Shyamalan’s seems an odd decision. These are two incredibly successful and likable actors who could make just about any film they wanted together. Making a movie with that guy who practically swept the 2011 Razzies with his cinematic ruination of Avatar: The Last Airbender just doesn’t seem to make much sense.

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  1. Ok, what kinda goods does M.Night have on Smith and son??

  2. Would they PLEASE take away or at least suspend M. Nights license for directing movies already?! Make him go back to film making school, force him to watch The Last Airbender every day until he gets WHY it was so bad……something, ANYTHING to keep him from making more bad movies and save us from his stupidity.

    • or until he looses control and pukes everywhere like in A clockwork orange. *slaps on hand No NO Bad M.NIGHT THIS IS NO MOVIE THIS IS GARBAGE

  3. is it just me or do the Smiths monopolize the film industry

    • No sir, it’s not just you.

  4. Philly guys sticking together is what I’m thinking. I’m sure Will really wants to work with his son as much he can.

    • I just want Unbreakable 2, sometime soon

  5. I hope he does well. I like his films. Well some of his films. Not to keen on the acting on The Happening, but the premise was alright.

    His ego seems to be the topic of most critics. What exactly is his ego like? Is he like mean or something? Like does he cuss people out on the set? Is like totally disrespectful to others?

    Like, for real. No sarcasm. I never really got into the character of the man himself. I just watched his movies.

    • No he’s a pretty nice guy, he just really gets into what he’s doing, and he’s extremely secretive.

      From what I’ve heard alot of actors like him, perhaps that’s why most have done multiple films with him.

      Yea The Happening was strange, R-rated film with G-rated dialogue. Unbreakable is one of my favorite films, and I throughly enjoyed Sixth Sense and The Village. Signs wasn’t bad, but water? really?

      • I heard he was this generations self proclaimed Alfred Hitchcock.
        I like some of his movies, I think he just needs to be reigned in like George Lucas, and he’d do a lot better.

      • Yeah…water..lol. I enjoyed all those films as well. It just seems all the critics talk about him like he is some horrible guy. Like he has said something completely negative before. Like he insults everyone or something. Like he has this I am better than you ego. I do not know? I really wish the best for the man.

  6. Whoa… really surprised Will Smith is going down to Shyamalan’s levels.. I mean, wow… Shymalan has just gone so far downhill since The Sixth Sense. It was like he had 2 good movies ideas and then started making crap lol I simply can’t forgive him for Horribly ruining Avatar: The Last Airbender.. just… wow, what are ya doin Will?!

  7. wow that was a harsh article. somone does not like M. Night if u ask me.

    • Bit over the top, yes, I can’t argue that.


    • Agreed.

      • Agreed

        • Couldn’t disagree more!

  8. Wait, did that guy just call Shymalan “an outstanding filmaker”?! Oh, man i can’t straight face after that one.

  9. i mean opinions are opinions if you like night or don’t its cool. but the man makes an insane amount of money at the box office. hes good at what he does. sure he has his bad films but so does everybody else. at least its not uwe boil

    • No, Cameron’s Avatar made an insane amount of money. Mr. Night’s bad movies were what I would call merely profitable (which is the only reason why he is still making movies)

      The only reason why Airbender made the money it did was because, a) It was relying on the universally animated show’s popularity and b) It was pointed at kids and they usually don’t read reviews.

  10. Will Smith hasn’t had an awful movie in a while. Usually his bad movies aren’t neccessarily bad. They’re just okay. At the moment I can’t think of one that I have hated. Saying that, the script might actually be good if will smith is jumping on board. Judging by the movies he has made thus far I don’t think he would be on board if it was bad. So maybe m night shamamalamamamala has something decent for the first time in a LONG time.

  11. Seriously, Ben, what do you really think of Shyamalan?

  12. He is a good director, the problem is he tries to hard to be different, if he loosened up a bit, and maybe did some mainstream movies it wouldn’t be so bad.
    If you take out his artistic style for lack of a better term, and just look at his movies most of them aren’t that bad, with the exception of The Happening and Airbender. He needs to lighten up on the twist ending, they aren’t surprising anymore.
    I think Unbreakable 2 would be a good start.

    • Only two of his movies (Sixth Sense and Village) have that twilight zone style ending. So how can he lighten up with the twist endings? Nolan has two movies with twist endings and like Night, only one of them works.

  13. I’ve actually enjoyed most of his films and elements from all of his films, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he works with the Smiths. Plus, the premise sounds interesting (yes, the story and former title DO closely resemble “Titan AE”, but I rather enjoyed that film).

  14. Lol, kinda related,,,

    you guys see WILLow Smith’s performance on the Kids Choice Awards? I hope the answer is no! :)
    (I had to work the show, is why I was there, Come on!)

    She’s a musical superstar didn’t you know? Oh man it was hilarious.

    She comes out on wires,,, floating over the crowd.

    Singing over and over,,,

    I whip my hair back and forth.
    I whip my hair back and forth.

    I whip my hair back and forth.
    I whip my hair back and forth.

    That’s it those are the lyrics.

    Smith takes nepotism to heights never seen in my lifetime. Kinda freaky

    • I hear ya brother!! but I teach at an elementary school and the kids L O V E! her and that stupid song.

  15. Let’s remember Van Gogh wasn’t quite appreciated in his times.

    Although,Joseph McCarthy wasn’t either, and time still hasn’t forgotten him. Hm. So, the lesson here…. Time will tell? I don’t know.

    But at the theaters, when I first saw the trailer for TLA, I was so…excited. More than I have been. And “From the Mind of MNS” popped up. I’ve got nothing against the guy, and I think he’s got a lot of good ideas. Signs scared me when I was younger, living near crops and such, and being far out in the middle of nowhere. The Village…that was the twist ending I liked, because it was so out there. The Happening…I suppose we needed a new metaphor for the environment being alive. Lady in the Water. To quote a hipster friend of mine, “Meh.”

    The man is a genius. But like someone with a learning disability, he kinda has difficulties taking his grand ideas and visions from the “In-the-Thoughts” to paper, and finally to fruition. He’s a decent guy, I’m sure. But from what I’ve heard, the soft spoken ones are the psychos. :-)

    • For the most part I think the guy is a great writer. He does nail down suspense in his film. For some reason I like The Village, it has that Allegory of the Cave type of feel to it.

    • I’m sorry…Did you just say “Joseph McCarthy” and “appreciated” in the same sentence? McCarthy was an evil, power-hungry ass. He should NEVER be appreciated. The Red Scare was not an admirable period in American history.

      Not attacking you, of course…simply spitting on that tool…

  16. I don’t know, Will Smith doesn’t play in that many crappy films and M. Night has a talent for adding suspense to films with that combination this might be his comeback film. At least i hope so.

  17. I personally really like M. Night alot and I’ve enjoyed the majority of Will Smith’s movies too. I dont know if its because Smith himself is so great or if he’s just had some awesome roles in some really good movies. But, I really cant stand Jaden at all, I think he is absolutely terrible. I wouldn’t cast him in a elementary school play as a tree.

  18. In fairness, we all had the same reaction upon hearing Will and Jaden would be remaking The Karate Kid and that film wasn’t the steaming pile we all anticipated. Perhaps this won’t suck as much as we think it will.

    • Uummm… Yeah, that was a big steamer.

      • A lot of people liked it. Not an amazing film, but enjoyable.

        • I thought it had much better fight scenes than the original, but that’s about it.

  19. smh

  20. I had to check the date on this article to see if it was written April 1st.

  21. theres nowhere that says he cant make a good film again, just coz he hasnt for a long time. maybe its a great script, maybe thats why they’re doing it. at this point it seems unlikely, but its possible. directors have bounced back before after a string of rubbish movies

  22. I don’t like this article.. At ALL. It’s not about the news it is about how it is written. M. Night Shyamalan IS a talented filmmaker. He made a couple mistakes.. ALL filmmakers have their movies they are NOT proud of.. How can someone place a fluke like The Last Airbender over great movies like Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense and Signs?

    Sorry. But, I hate this article.

    • I agree 100% with Ben. M Night has gotten way too full of himself. I hear he is a scientologist, which explains the Smith connections.

      • Why do people have to bring religion into everything?! I look on many movie websites and constantly talented filmmakers, actors, etc are being ridiculed and targeted because of their religion and it starts to get frustrating and just old. Scientology is something that people believe in, just as some people believe in Christianity, Judaism, etc etc. Yet, Scientology seems to be targeted so much in Media as being kind of worse than Satanism. People have the right to choose which religion they believe in and that is a right that EVERYONE in the United States has.

        Choose your religion and keep your point of views to yourself.. Don’t write it on a message board. I know many people of many different religions (and Atheists) and they are all good people.

  23. WOW let me guess you are not a fan of Shyamalan??? but don’t you think you were a little rough on him?? granted he does deserve a lot of the criticism he is getting, and yes his ego did get out of control, but he has made a lot of good movies. I think that his movies are just hit or miss but to the extreme for either side…

  24. The actual title will be: “Return to Planet BOB”

  25. Wow, what an unprofessional article. Tone down the hate a little.

    • m b,

      I can’t say I disagree – I’ve gone in and made some edits.


      • Really? Take off the rose colored glasses, Vic and others. When the only awards you get any more are Razzies, you’re in trouble, and M Night definitely peaked a long time ago.

        • bubba g,

          Does the article above look like a love letter to Shyamalan? I just toned it down a bit because it had too much a personal “blog” hit piece tone to it.


          • Thanks for fixing that Vic. It was as if Shyamalan had a target on his back.

            bubba g is funny. Lol

  26. Smiths new direction casting his children and making them child stars will totally backfire on him and his family one day.

    I can see him loosing half of his fanbase over this.

    So keep it up Smith. I don’t like you in movies and the faster you accept El ron hubbard as your god the better!

  27. I guy called SIN is telling me to accept religion,,,

    If that doesn’t narrow it down, I don’t know what will. :)

    Blw me a whole. :)

    • Hahahahaha touche. The reason my name is SIN is because of the Nine Inch Nails song titled, “SIN”. That was good though haha.