M. Night Didn’t Write It, But The Guy Who Wrote ‘Book Of Eli’ Did
With his name getting laughter and boos when it appeared in the trailer for “Devil” earlier this year, and his last few films facing the wrath of critics, M. Night Shyamalan continues to laugh all the way to the bank as his films — whether he directs or produces them — make money, and really, that’s all the studios care about.
And speak of studios and money, it’s no surprise that Jaden Smith is now the Hollywood golden child after dominating the box office this summer with the surprise sensation, “The Karate Kid.” The pint sized Smith progeny is now eying M. Night Shyamalan’s next feature film titled “One Thousand A.E.” with the project being developed with the actor in mind. The film is actually different than the one Shyamalan shopped around Hollywood this summer with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow loosely attached. Instead, this one comes from writer Gary Whitta and if you’re thinking, “Ok, at least Shyamalan will get a decent script,” keep those expectations in check. Whitta is the guy responsible for “The Book Of Eli” so yeah, don’t expect this one to tax your brain too much.
The project is set up with Overbrook which is a production shingle run by Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jada Pinkett Smith. So yeah, momma and poppa Smith will be making sure it’s up to their rigorous standards before their spawn signs on. There is also an older male lead role available, but Will Smith is not expected to take it. Plot details are being kept under lock and key and while no studio is attached, Sony has a first look deal with Overbrook and is expected to pick it up. No details yet on production timelines but we’d wager that once Jaden Smith signs on, wheels will move quickly to get it in front of cameras.