M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith have recently posted a few behind the scenes photos of their new collaboration, After Earth, on both Twitter and Facebook. The film also stars Smith’s son Jaden. The jungle location looks beautiful, but kind of strange for a post-apocalyptic film. The movie is kind of a reverse Lost in Space in which a family crash lands on Earth 1,000 years after humans have abandoned the planet. Apparently this is no WALL·E version of Earth though, wonder if the reason for humanity fleeing plays into the plot at all.
After Will’s character is captured, it’s up to son (played by his real life son Jaden) to rescue him. Sounds intriguing and could be fun, but if this has one of those Shyamalan twists at the end it’s a guaranteed dud. Luckily he didn’t write this, Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) are on the hook there. Is anyone still into this guy as a director after The Last Airbender or The Happening? Take a look at the pics below and let us know what you think.
It should come as no great surprise that Sony pictures is moving forward with a sequel to the smash hit Karate Kid. The 2010 reboot grossed a staggering $359 million dollars worldwide on a budget of $40 million. Zak Penn (Last Action Hero, The Incredible Hulk) has been brought in to take a crack at the script originally hatched by Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff. At this point in development no plot details have been leaked and there has been no official announcement that stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith will return. However since Karate Kid was an unexpected phenomenon, I’m sure both actors can clear their schedules for another go around. After being pleasantly surprised at the quality of the rebooted franchise I’ll be one of the first in line for this follow-up.