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.
On the brink of the Oscars coming, full attention is being put on various award shows to see what kind of foreshadowing will occur. Somehow, though, I don’t think the Razzies will have a great effect on who will win or lose at the Oscars.
The 2011 Golden Raspberry Awards were handed out last night, and here’s a list of the “winners”.
“The Last Airbender”
Ashton Kutcher, “Killers” and “Valentine’s Day”
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon “Sex and the City 2?
Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Alba, “The Killer Inside Me,” “Little Fockers,” “Machete” and “Valentine’s Day”
Worst Supporting Actor
Jackson Rathbone, “The Last Airbender,” “Eclipse”
Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D
“The Last Airbender”
Worst Screen Couple/Screen Ensemble
The entire cast of “Sex and the City 2?
M. Night Shyamalan, “The Last Airbender”
“The Last Airbender,” written by M. Night Shyamalan
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“Sex and the City 2?
I haven’t seen many of the movies on this list, but by the looks of the commercial, “The Last Airbender” probably should win this title. I’m not a fan of M. Night Shyamalan, so I’m glad he won Worst Director as well. Very glad. I mean, have you seen The Happening? So, so, bad.
I’m not surprised the entire cast of Sex and the City 2 won Worst Actress and Sequel. I knew that movie would get ripped to shreds the moment it came out – nobody likes a sequel. But in all honestly, the movie isn’t that bad. Sure, all they do is shop, complain, and have sex, but that’s far better than something like “Mean Girls 2″ or “Leprechaun 2″…. seriously.
I think the Razzies are fun and take the seriousness out of award seasons… I mean really, are movies that important? People treat it like it’s a life or death situation during the oscars. It’s a golden little statue, people!
In a baseball game it’s one strike, two strikes, three strikes, you’re out, and normally the same strike rule applies for people. However, filmmaker, M. Night Shyamalan seems to have defied this rule over and over again. Comingsoon.net reports that Shyamala-ding-dong has yet another film in the works.
Shyamalan is currently developing a new sci-fi project, One Thousand A.E., for Overbrook Entertainment. Overbrook Entertainment is the production company run by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The film is set to be a lead role for the Smiths’ son, Jaden.
It’s been ten years since Shyamalan directed The Sixth Sense, arguably his only worthy film. In the past ten years he has been consistently releasing terrible films that always bomb at the box office and get annihilated by critics. His most recent, Devil, was no exception, it barely got 50% on the RottenTomatoes meter. One Thousand A.E., surely will be no different….a piece of shit.
With the involvement of the Smith Family, you never know if some sort of Scientology element will be involved. Maybe Tom Cruise will sign on to the project too, then it will be pure gold.
Honestly, how many more chances will Shyamalan get?
The Last Airbender could be the box office hit of the summer (and yes we know it has some fierce competition). So what’s the story about? We will let the official studio synopsis explain:
“Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.”
So it has an awesome cast, awesome director (ever heard of M. Night Shyamalan?) and a cool story. Could be a recipe for a hit!