One of the big question marks amongst next summer’s movies is the M. Night Shyamalan directed After Earth, and the question is which Shyamalan will show up, the one that made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable or the one that made Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender?
Now After Earth does have some things going for it off the top. First is that Shyamalan got help on the screenplay from the likes of Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), and secondly you’ve got the real-life father/son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith headlining the film. The look of the film in the below trailer seems pretty epic, and I like the idea that post-apocalyptic Earth evolves to seemingly hate humans, so hopefully this is Shyamalan’s comeback, or at least not a total fuster cluck.
The last couple of days there have been a couple of not-so-interesting twitter pictures from the set of M. Night Shyamalan‘s sci-fi picture After Earth, showing everything from Will Smith standing around to Will SmithandJaden Smith standing around, sometimes with trees, sometimes near a pool. Nothing in costume.
So It’s not just the absence of Will that makes this latest example the best yet.
It’s the costume.
This is our first look at something designed for the film – some kind of set, or prop, or (as it happens) costume, created specifically for this movie. It’s not a lot to go on, but it’s something. What might those nobbly bumpy bits on his left side mean?
The After Earth script got a recent rewrite by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic). Shyamalan of course, did a pass or two at the script himself and considering Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta started off the whole process in the first place, the script should be pretty close to camera ready.
After Earth is a sci-fi tale chronicling an estranged father and son’s journey through a desolate Earth after their spacecraft crashes on the long -barren planet 1,000 years in the future.