Will & Jaden to Star in M. Night Movie
Jaden Smith is set to star opposite his father, Will Smith, for director M. Night Shyamalan in an untitled sci-fi adventure, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, announced Monday.
THR/Heat Vision first broke the story that Shyamalan was teaming up with Smith on the sci-fi project in October. At the time, the project was called One Thousand AE.
Set 1,000 years into the future, the movie centers on a young boy who navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself land his estranged father after their ship crashes.
Shyamalan and Will Smith will produce with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith’s partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.
Listen. Will and Jada are black super heroes. We know this. If you add in their kids Willow and Jaden you basically have the Incredibles. Shit, Will & Jada’s powers are so great they actually made the BET Awards seem classy that one year they hosted it. Do you understand how difficult that is? The gotdamn BET Awards. Yet even with that, I don’t know if Will and his mini-me son have enough to save M. Night’s career. Dude is on one hell of a losing streak. M. Night Shyamalan is losing so much the Cleveland Cavs have nicknamed their current season “The Happening“. His last movie Devil probably wasn’t even that bad but he fucked up the Last Airbender so bad that every time the trailer for Devil came on and his name appeared, people would boo (Let’s also remember he didn’t direct Devil, just produced it). It’s not for lack of trying. He has really interesting concepts with his movies. Even this untitled movie with Will & Jaden sounds great, but I just don’t have confidence in the execution. Even with half of the Smith super hero family.
But then again….the BET Awards…classy. If Will & Jada could do that then maybe with Will & Jaden starring in the movie and Jada helping with producing…maybe it’ll work out.