I have zero hope for M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth. I wouldn’t trust Shyamalan to direct a Wendy’s commercial at this point. But he keeps getting studios to give him lots of money to make tent pole movies, so here we are. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s about a father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) who crash land on Earth 1000 years after the planet was abandoned by mankind. Once there, the son, named Kitai Raige, must try and help his wounded father (whose name, I kid you not, is Cypher Raige).
Bill attended the film’s panel at Comic-Con, and he came away impressed by the level of detail that screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and the production team had devised. A viral teaser trailer has gone online that doesn’t show any footage from the film, but explains how the Raiges are “the most influential family in human history,” going all the way back to 1908. This alternate history is shown via Facebook timeline, which apparently won’t evolve over the next 50 years (way to phone it in, Zuckerberg). Hit the jump to check out the video. After Earth opens June 7, 2013.
Here’s the synopsis for After Earth:
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.