M. Night Shyamalan‘s next film, After Earth, came pre-packaged with its two leads: Will and Jaden Smith. The pair will play a father-son duo whose spaceship crash lands on Earth 1,000 years after humans were forced to leave the planet. Now The Hollywood Reporter says the ladies in their lives are close to being cast and they’ll be played by Zoe Kravitz, who was recently seen in X-Men First Class, and Sophie Okonedo, best known for her Oscar-nominated work in Hotel Rwanda. They’d play the daughter and wife of the family, respectively.
The casting news actually comes with a few new details on the plot too and you can read those after the jump. Read More »
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Polarizing director M. Night Shyamalan recently joined Twitter and revealed a few things about his upcoming collaboration with Will Smith. Back in April, it was announced Shyamalan would direct both Will and his son Jaden Smith in a movie tentatively titled One Thousand A.E. about what happens when a young boy and his father’s spaceship crash lands on Earth one thousand years after humans abandoned it. Shyamalan recently tweeted that he’s nine weeks away from shooting and that the film is now titled After Earth. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Say what you will about M Night Shyamalan, but one thing this filmmaker isn’t is up to date on the latest promotional services offered by the internet. He only joined the web two years ago with a untraditional explorable haunted mansion website MNightShyamalan.com. And now M Night has finally decided to open up Twitter and Facebook accounts. While his Twitter and Facebook are currently unverified, links to both of the accounts were shared on Google+ by screenwriter Gary Whitta. Seems good enough as verified to me, considering Whitta wrote Night’s upcoming film One Thousand A.E..
Once the hottest new director in the business, Night’s public reputation has reached an all time low after the release of The Happening and The Last Airbender. Even the mention of Night’s name as producer in trailers for Devil resulted in groans in theaters around the world. Entering the social webspace might allow the filmmaker to connect directly with his fans and critics, and repair the relationship while he goes into production, on what many believe, will be the filmmaker’s comeback film.
Briefly: M. Night Shyamalan isn’t messing around with the preparation for his next film, the sci-fi feature One Thousand A.E. (Or the execs at Sony and Overbrook Entertainment aren’t messing around.) The film is set to star Will and Jaden Smith as ” a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it’s up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place.”
While Shyamalan is known for writing his own films, even The Last Airbender, this new project started with a script by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) which Shyamalan rewrote. Then Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic and wrote and directed Syriana, stepped in to “get the script in shooting shape.” Now he’s likely to continue fine-tuning the script before the film shoots in February. Shyamalan’s scripts have increasingly become the major shortcoming in his work, so with any luck the revisions by Gaghan will result in a film that is a lot more successful as a story than the last few movies from the director. [Variety]
Has anyone actually ordered a movie off DirecTV‘s controversial Premium Video On Demand service? Beginning in April, several studios teamed up with the cable provider to offer their movies only two months after they hit theaters for the price of $29.95, much to the dismay of theater owners and filmmakers alike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “there is persistent buzz that it has fallen flat among consumers.” Still, major filmmakers are continuing to stand up against the service, probably because as the summer season wears on, the selections will get better than the currently, and soon to be, available Sucker Punch or Battle: Los Angeles.
Previously, filmmakers like James Cameron, Michael Bay, Peter Jackson and more signed an open letter written by the National Association of Theater Owners vehemently attacking this service and now Christopher Nolan, Jon Favreau, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, David Dobkin, Mark Boal and others have also signed the letter. We’ve printed it in the past, but you can once again read it after the jump. Read More »
Despite writing and directing a multiple Razzie award-winning film his last time out, M. Night Shyamalan has now officially bagged two major stars for his follow-up. Shyamalan had previously mentioned he was prepping a sci-fi film for Jaden Smith and that’s just been made official, adding the news that Jaden will co-star with his father, Will Smith.
The Sony Pictures press release refers to the film as “an untitled sci-fi adventure” but, last year, Shyamalan had been calling it One Thousand A.E. That title fits with the current description, which says that, one thousand years after Earth has been abandoned, a young boy and his father return to the now frightening planet after their spaceship crashes. The script was co-written by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have announced the “dis-hours” for the year in film that was 2010. M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender swept this year’s awards, winning Worst Director, Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and a brand-new category created for this year’s awards — Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D. Jackson Rathbone also took home the award for Worst Supporting Actor for both Airbender and The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.
Read the full list of winners (or should I say losers?) in the press release after the jump.
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Last month it was revealed that Jaden Smith had been cast in director M. Night Shyamalan‘s new project, a science fiction film scripted by ournalist-turned-screenwriter Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) titled One Thousand A.E.
At the time we didn’t know much about the project, with story details being kept tightly under wraps. The only things we were told were that it was being “developed as a vehicle for Jaden Smith” in conjunction with Overbrook Entertainment, the production company responsible for The Karate Kid, run by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, and Jada Pinkett. In addition, although there’s an adult male lead in the film, father Will is not planning to take on the part.
We now have learned a couple small new bits of information about the project.
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