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.