Oh, M. Night Shyamalan. If Shakespeare wrote tragedies about filmmakers, you would be the protagonist of his first. Sixth Sense put you on top, and now most people just remember you for real movie tragedies like The Happening and The Last Airbender. Yet, somehow you were able to secure a job as the director of After Earth, a big budget Will/Jaden Smith starring post-apocalyptic thriller. The details of the project have been under wraps, but now we have a description courtesy of the Comic Con Panel schedule:
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
Well, that's sounds pretty awesome. An opportunity to tell a great story, and a perfect chance for a father and son to show off their chemistry together. Yeah, it's being brought to us courtesy of that director, but I'm really hoping that Will Smith (who is producing the film) can bring out the genuine talent that Shyamalan has. We'll know more about it from Comic Con.