With director M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth opening this weekend, Sony Pictures invited us to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico for the press junket. As you can imagine, it was an amazing place to talk about the movie. If you’re not familiar with the plot, After Earth stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash land on a post-apocalyptic Earth, and it’s up to the son to fight for survival when the father is seriously injured. For more on the film, watch three clips and some behind-the-scenes footage. After Earth also stars Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz.
During our interview with Will Smith, he talked about how After Earth is the first film on which he’s received a “Story By” credit, how the project changed along the way, getting to work with his son, how the project came together, doing press at the Virgin Spaceport, and more. In addition, I’ve heard rumblings that Smith is done with the Men in Black franchise, so I asked him the status of a Men in Black 4. The way he talked about the franchise, it sounds like he’s cool with the third film being the last installment. Hit the jump to watch.
While Sony is patiently awaiting Oren Uziel’s rewrite on the 21 Jump Street sequel, the studio has also tapped the screenwriter to pen another installment in the Men in Black franchise. Little is known about the logline for Men in Black 4, though the studio was apparently pleased enough with Uziel’s pitch to give him the go-ahead. It’s unclear at this time just how involved Will Smith would be with a fourth film and there are currently no deals for either Josh Brolin or Emma Thompson to return. After Men in Black 3 went on to earn a franchise-best $624 million, the studio is obviously eager to get another film in development. Uziel, however, will have to finish his draft on the 21 Jump Street sequel first, which Sony has already slated for a June 6, 2014 release. Hit the jump for more.
Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony Pictures) President Doug Belgrad recently said what the future might hold for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he also provided some updates on the studio’s other major projects. To begin, you may want to break out your favorite jungle-themed board game because the studio is considering a Jumanji reboot. Speaking to THR, Belgrad says “We’re going to try and re-imagine Jumanji and update it for the present.” Translation: the game will now end when someone lands on the final space and screams “Jumanji!” at their iPad. I’m not exactly sure how one re-imagines the strikingly simple premise of Jumanji. You play a board game, bad things happen. It’s like the Final Destination of family fun.
Hit the jump for what Sony has planned for sequels to Men in Black 3 and 21 Jump Street.
It’s a bit ironic that Men in Black 3 star, Will Smith, was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t want to be the sequel guy,” especially when there are a number of potential franchise sequels with him in the works. Including a possible Men in Black 4, there are also Independence Day 2, Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, I, Robot 2 and, of course, I Am Legend 2. While some of you may be confused by Smith’s possible return in that last one, I’ll point you to the alternate ending of the original 2007 blockbuster. Hit the jump for a few snippets on sequel work from Smith and an anecdote about why he passed up the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.