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 »

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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 »

Remember The Night Chronicles? That’s the planned three-film series funded by Media Rights Capital and produced by M. Night Shyamalan that would chronicle the intersection of the supernatural and the modern world.

The first film in the loose series, Devil (yeah, the elevator movie) was released in fall 2010, and in June 2013 Shyamalan had announced 12 Strangers, the second planned film, but going on three years later it has yet to shoot. Now we know that the film, retitled Reincarnate, will roll in 2013. Read More »

Yes, that is James Bond rocking a horrible wig. Makes Silva’s odd blond mop look positively attractive, doesn’t it? After the jump:

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The news that Michael Bay would be back to direct Transformers 4 didn’t come as a surprise, exactly, but it did run counter to some of Bay’s earlier hesitations about returning for a fourth installment. In a new interview, Bay discusses why he decided to come back after all — as well as the resistance he got in trying to shake things up with the relatively low-budget, non-Transformers project Pain & Gain.

Meanwhile, director M. Night Shyamalan, who also knows a thing or two about critically derided franchises, is said to be mulling over three separate projects for his follow-up to After Earth. Could one of them be The Last Airbender 2? Uh, maybe, but it seems like a stretch. Read about both Bay and Shyamalan after the jump.

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M. Night Shyamalan‘s movie career has been on a steep downward trajectory for the past several years, but as someone who enjoyed his earlier films I’m still rooting for the guy to turn things around. And maybe he still can. It’s too soon to say how After Earth will turn out, but from what we’ve seen so far it looks… okay.

More intriguing is his other upcoming project, which sees him shaking things up by switching mediums. Shyamalan and former Buffy the Vampire Slayer showrunner Marti Noxon are set to co-write and executive produce Proof, a drama for the Syfy channel. More after the jump.

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Neither M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith or Jaden Smith showed up at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, but their new movie did. After Earth had a subdued, small panel Saturday morning featuring screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) talking about the world in which the 2013 sci-fi action film is set.

After the jump, you can watch the first viral teaser for the film as well as several revealing clips from the panel itself. 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 »

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