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.
Like many viewers of SyFy Channel, I’ve become exceedingly disappointed in the stations programming. Instead of renewing fan favorite shows (like Eureka) or replacing them with new quality series, the network sells itself out for reality-type shows and horribly bad mutant-animal movies. I want some good ole’ thought provoking Science Fiction. I don’t want ghost hunting, wrestling, or game shows. Especially the latter. I mean seriously, was Black Out really necessary? I could’ve gone my whole life with out seeing Steve Erkel (Jamal White) force people to sniff butt in the dark for competition. (refering to the show Black Out) Though, that gay dude saying “I know that smell” was rather hilarious. But I digress…
There’s certainly a lack of quality content on SyFy and I’m just about fed up with it. Of course, just when I think the network couldn’t be any more dumber, they go and do something like this… and totally redeem themselves! There’s not one, but two developments worth a slow clap. Well, one really.
The first exciting announcement (via Deadline Hollywood) is that of Pushing Daisies‘ Bryan Fullers adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young-adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves. In High Moon, the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources—but when a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts.
While I am unfamilar with The Lotus Caves, I do know of Bryan Fuller. He’s such a quirky and wildly imagimative director. His shows Pushing Daises and Dead Like Me were so avant-garde. With his name on this project… I’m sold!
The other announcment today (via THR) may not be as promising. Director M. Night Shamalamadingdong (*Shyamalan) will possibly direct a new television project for Syfy, titled Proof.Proof is about a man who, after losing his parents in an accident, offers a reward to anyone who has proof of life after death.
OK, so this guy has made nothing but utter shit for the past 10 years. With Airbender being the last straw. But, it’s up to him to make an upswing. And he can do it! He’s certainly capable. After all, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were damn fine movies. I for one, am willing to give him a shot at redemtption (for the 6th time).
The shocking thing is seeing some actual scifi being developed for SyFy. Amerite?