Three years have passed since Will Smith’s last movie, Seven Pounds, but he’s still the biggest star in Hollywood. High demand has led to Smith being linked to an uncountable set of projects for his follow-up to Men in Black III. One of the standouts is 1000 A.E. (may be a working title), the proposed sci-fi project that unites Smith, his son Jaden Smith, and M. Night Shyamalan. That combination: Smith, Smith, Night—it feels so made up. I was not prepared for 1000 A.E. to rise to the top of Smith’s to-do list. Yet Columbia has committed to a June 7, 2013 release date, meaning there’s about a 95% chance this will make it to theaters. It’s hard to trust Shyamalan, but I can’t help but be drawn in by the big sci-fi tentpole with the world’s biggest movie star. The premise: “Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.” I’m encouraged that Gary Whitta, who penned the sharp The Book of Eli, co-wrote the screenplay. Problem is he co-wrote it with (sigh) Shyamalan. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
Details on the new release date for Wanderlust after the jump.
In contrast, we have every reason to expect great things from Wanderlust. David Wain (Role Models) directed the comedy from a script he co-wrote with The State pal Ken Marino, and cast the always amiable Paul Rudd opposite Jennifer Aniston in the lead roles. Wanderlust was meant to hit theaters on October 7, but so far we’ve just seen this image. No trailer. No poster. Nothing.
So it makes sense when Box Office Mojo reports Universal has rescheduled Wanderlust for February 24, 2012. Don’t love the wait, but I’m glad to see Universal isn’t burying the film. In February, Wanderlust faces The Devil Inside, Gone, and Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds.
Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Ray Liotta, Alan Alda, and Christina Hendricks also star in Wanderlust. The story centers on a couple (Aniston and Rudd) forced out of their New York house when the husband loses his job: “With no other options, they set out to Georgia where they plan to live with family, but along the way end up staying in a nudist commune which they mistook for a bed and breakfast.”