Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
M. Night Shyamalan‘s stock as a director has steadily declined since his breakout The Sixth Sense, but with some luck After Earth could be the film to turn that trend around. For one thing, it’s tough to go lower than the 6% RT score he got for The Last Airbender. For another, the marketing materials so far look genuinely striking, with a rich, detailed universe for the leads (Will Smith and Jaden Smith) to play in.
Now a second trailer is just around the corner, and to whet audience appetites Columbia Pictures has just revealed two new stills. Check them out and get the info on the trailer after the jump.
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While we won’t know if the sci-fi film After Earth is a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan for a few months, we do know one thing. The world the filmmaker has created around the movie is incredibly rich and thoughtout. That much is obvious with the launch of the film’s official website.
The site contains three sections. The first is on the movie, and includes the trailers, photos, downloads and more. The second is called Nova Prime, which is the name of the planet Kirai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher Raige (Will Smith) live on before crash landing on Earth. That section of the site tells more about Kirai’s training, weapons, enemies and more. Finally, there’s a section called Project Next Generation, which seems to tell the story of how humans left what is now considered the most dangerous place in the Universe: Earth. There it states:” 6 Arks, 1 Toxic Planet, .000625% chance of survival. If you want to be among the 750,000 men, women and children who will escape from Earth, apply now.”
Ominous and potentially, very cool. Check out the links and some photos below. Read More »
Here’s the international trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s sci-fi picture After Earth, which stars Will Smith and son Jaden Smith as a father and son who are stranded on an Earth that has returned to a sort of wild, prehistoric state. The trailer opens with a hell of a sequence, and then settles into a more meditative sort of survival adventure setup that is less sci-fi than it is Edgar Rice Burroughs.
While the trailer keeps Will Smith’s presence throughout thanks to voiceover, this looks to a great extent like a one-man show for Jaden Smith. Can he carry it off, with Shyamalan’s help? Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Buried in the incredibly busy Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is a panel concerning M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest film, After Earth. The sci-fi film, which stars Will and Jaden Smith, seems like a natural fit for Comic-Con, but neither the director or its two leads will be in attendance.
Instead, the panel will be in a medium sized room. It will feature the screenwriter and director of photography, and focus more on the comic books designed to accompany the film than it will on the movie itself. Seems like an odd approach but, in this reveal, we do get the first official plot synopsis of the movie. Most of the information has been rumored before but now it’s official. Check it out below. Read More »
Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.
But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.
But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »
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Since The Karate Kid remake, Sony has been fully committed to being in the Jaden Smith business. Doesn’t hurt that he’s the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, or that his father is interested in making movies with his son. (Such as M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, pictured above, which is shooting now.) Sony is now poised to acquire the novel Boy Nobody as a starring vehicle for the young actor.
The book, by Allen Zadoff, tells the story of “a brainwashed teenage assassin who starts to regain his emotions.” Hopefully it’s a little less like Abduction and a little more like a tween Bourne. Read More »
M. Night Shyamalan recently started shooting his new film After Earth, in which a family crash lands on Earth one thousand years after humanity has vacated the planet. Will Smith plays a father who is captured by an Earth-dwelling force after the landing, leading his son (Jaden Smith) to mount an effort to save him. Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo also star in the film.
The elder Smith and Shyamalan have posted some images from the early days of filming. Now Jaden Smith has shared his own image, which shows the suit he wears in the film. It’s our first real look at any of the actual production design for the movie; check it out below. Read More »
M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith are currently in Costa Rica shooting the Summer 2013 blockbuster After Earth and it seems like the trio are dead set on keeping the fans involved in the action. Shyamalan has been posting several behind the scenes shots at the film’s jungle location and Smith’s camp is even getting into the mix, posting our first look at the father and son as they’ll appear in the film. Will is aged up and Jaden is much more clean cut, as they’ll play a father and son who return to Earth 1000 years after the planet has been abandoned. Check out all the photos and more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger was forced to make some changes when Disney balked at its $250 million price tag, but happily, it doesn’t seem the cuts have stopped the project from continuing to land some solid talent. Deadline reports that rising star James Badge Dale is now the frontrunner to join the cast in the role of Dan Reid. The older brother of the titular character (Armie Hammer), Dan Reid is an ex-ranger and hero himself. Johnny Depp, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dwight Yoakum also star in the Western, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
The one possible downside to this news for Dale’s fans, however, is that if he officially boards Lone Ranger, it’ll pull him out of the running to play John McClane Jr. in A Good Day to Die Hard. Either way, though, Dale’s obviously on his way up. He was most recently seen in last year’s Shame, and will next appear in this month’s The Grey opposite Liam Neeson. In addition, he has two more high-profile projects, Flight and World War Z lined up for this year. Lone Ranger is scheduled to enter production next month.
After the jump, Orphan and The Hunger Games star Isabelle Fuhrman buddies up with Jaden Smith.
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