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.