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Will Smith & Son Jaden Smith Join M. Night Shyamalan for Futuristic Sci-Fi

Will Smith & Son Jaden Smith Join M. Night Shyamalan for Futuristic Sci-Fi

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Father-son pair Will and Jaden Smith will co-star in Columbia Pictures’ untitled futuristic sci-fi adventure for M. Night Shyamalan. Overbrook Entertainment (Will and Jada Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz) will produce along with Shyamalan–which is unusual for the headstrong Philadelphia filmmaker, who likes to maintain complete control of his projects. “The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project,” he says.

The story, which resembles a mix of Smith’s I Am Legend and The Road, takes place 1,000 years in the future and follows a young boy as he navigates the abandoned planet Earth to save his estranged father after their ship crashes.

Columbia president Doug Belgrad states:

“Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn’t be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We’re thrilled to have the two of them together on this project.”

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I think Shyamalan would be a much better filmmaker today if he hadn’t received such wildly excessive acclaim for his first couple of blockbusters. He’s a genuinely talented director, but not so good that everything he touches is gold. And he took the wrong message from his early successes — what made Sixth Sense good was the slow buildup and intense atmosphere, not the twist (which was exciting and all, but made absolutely no sense). He managed to repeat that formula well with Unbreakable and Signs, but since then he’s just been coasting. Who can blame him? If everyone threw money at me and told me I was a genius, I’d get a swell head too.

I really hope he gives this new film his all. He CAN be great. But even if he doesn’t, at least Will Smith is always watchable.


how can two people pair with another. bad headline.

Bob Westal

I have to admit I haven’t seen an M. Night movie since “Signs,” but just looking at this from the outside, his recent career sure seems like a classic case of “failing upwards.”


Shyamalan…. why

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