M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith may not have been at Comic Con, but that actually hasn’t stopped their new film After Earth from making some news. A new viral video has been posted by Coming Soon which outlines the background of the film; a kind of pseudo-history of the last 100 years (not to mention the next thousand). Let’s role the videotape:
For a minute there it seems like Shyamalan is revisiting some of the same thematic ground as the much loved* The Happening. Of course, that’s all background and what really matters is the actual content of the film, none of which we have yet to see.
But until then, here’s the video from the SDCC panel featuring screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) courtesy of Trailer Addict:
In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by 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 (played by 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.