Will Smith and son Jaden have signed to star in a new sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Columbia Pictures said in an announcement today.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set 1000 years into the future, and Jaden will play a boy who has to find his way around an abandoned planet after his spaceship has crashed. Just like real life, Will will play the role of his father.
“The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project,” said Shyamalan in a statement.
Rumors of the film began generating last October, when the project, now untitled, was known as “One Thousand A. E.”
At the time, Will was only set to produce even though rumors were being said that the film was being developed for Jaden.
The film will be produced by Shyamalan and Will Smith along with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith’s partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.
With the star power from this dynamic duo, hopefully this film will be a successful rebound for Shyamalan after last year’s “The Last Airbender”.
With that film winning Razzies for “Worst Picture” and “Worst Director”, I don’t think Shyamalan can afford another epic failure of a film.