Jaden Smith Joins Will Smith in M. Night Shyamalan’s Untitled Sci-Fi Project

     April 4, 2011


The Smith household has apparently not received the memo that M. Night Shyamalan should not be writing or directing movies.  Back in October, we reported that Will Smith had signed on to star in Shyamalan’s sci-fi project One Thousand A.E. and that Smith’s son Jaden may co-star.  We have now received a press release announcing that the film has lost its title but gained a tiny Smith.

The script (written by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta) is set 1,000 years in the future and has a young boy (Jaden) navigating an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father (Will) after their ship crashes.  Apparently the Smith family wants to test how strong their charisma can carry a film over inert directing and awful screenwriting.  Hit the jump for the press release.

will-smith-jaden-smith-01Here’s the press release:




CULVER CITY, Calif., April 4, 2011 – Jaden Smith is set to star opposite his father, Will Smith, for director M. Night Shyamalan in an untitled sci-fi adventure, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures.  Shyamalan and Will Smith will produce with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith’s partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.

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.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn’t be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We’re thrilled to have the two of them together on this project.”

Shyamalan added, “The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project.”

JADEN SMITH is the twelve-year-old son of Will and Jada Smith. He most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster The Karate Kid, which took in more than $350 million. Smith was nominated for a Teen Choice Award, an Image Award, and a Black Reel Award for his role. Prior to The Karate Kid, Smith starred opposite Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in The Day the Earth Stood Still and won the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor for his role in the film. He made his debut performance opposite his father in The Pursuit of Happyness, garnering an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance, a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Male, a Black Reel Award, and nominations by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the NAACP Image Awards and the Teen Choice Awards.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN has directed nine feature films: Praying with Anger, Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Last Airbender. The astronomical success of his chilling psychological thriller The Sixth Sense catapulted Shyamalan into the stratosphere of being one of the most sought after young filmmakers in Hollywood. The Sixth Sense has become one of the highest grossing films of all time and received a total of six Academy Award® nominations, including one for Best Picture, and two for Shyamalan for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. His most recent film, The Last Airbender was a worldwide hit, taking in more than $319 million globally.

  • junierizzle

    Forget the M. Night factor. I don’t know if I can watch a movie with Will and his kid playing father and son. Too distracting. Or is it just me?

    • giovanni

      Did you forget The Pursuit Of Happyness ? I believe that was a success both commercially and critically

  • Phoenix

    A razzie nominated movie in the making.

  • Jetpackman89


    Sometimes talent needs to stop and look at the big picture not the crappy one you are about to make.

  • Cali Kid

    Honestly how is M. Night still allowed to make movies? Unreal!

    • junierizzle

      All his movies make money.

      • Jen

        M. Night Shyamalan
        Out of 8 movies
        Lifetime Gross Total: $969,528,190
        Average gross: $121,191,024

        For comparison sake:

        Michael Bay
        Out of 8 movies
        Lifetime Gross Total: $1,495,782,691
        Average Gross: $186,972,836

        Christopher Nolan
        Out of 7 movies
        Lifetime Gross Total: $1,177,304,080
        Average Gross: $168,186,297

  • Clayton

    Must be nice having your Dad cast you in F**KING ANYTHING. There, I feel better.

  • Lame Duck

    The kid is talented-no doubt, but for some reason he and his “whip my hair” sister are gettin on my last nerves. Besides the fact that Will Smith has gone beyond the meaning of nepotism by casting his kids in every film/remake project possible, he’s now going to cast his son in a failure montrosity in the making? C’mon now….

  • sb

    Man, people really need to get off this M. Night Shyamalan hate bandwagon.

    Seriously. The guy made 3 really good movies (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs)

    one decent movie (The Village),
    1 mediocre movie (Lady In The Water),

    and 2 bad ones (Happening and Airbender)

    If you look at some of the greatest directors of all time, even they have had some really shitty movies.

    We can all agree David Fincher is an amazing director right? He directed Alien 3. An absolutely steaming pile of shit of a movie.

    All I’m saying is, give M. Night a chance to get back on track. He’s only directed two movies that you could be considered really bad. Lady In The Water gets a lot of hate, but you know what, it’s a fantasy story for kids. (although I for one enjoyed it and I loved the humor in it, Paul Giamatti is hilarious.)

    • Jake

      M Night shamadingdong hasn’t made a good movie since signs, and that was 9 years ago. His other movies post signs have been AWFUL. And Alien 3 is underrated and 50 million times better than all his movies in the past 9 years.

      • sb

        No, pretty much everyone knows that Alien 3 was a disaster.

        He’s made 4 movies since Signs. I stand by my assertion that only two of those can really be considered bad movies. The Happening and Last Airbender.

        Lady In The Water is mediocre at best (definitely not for everyone).

        The Village was disappointing for me when it first came out, but upon watching it again I realized it’s actually full of great acting from the cast, beautiful music, and the cinematography is also really good.

    • TheFool


    • CMS

      i completely agree… it’s so ridiculous how it’s “cool” to hate on M. Night.

    • Richard of Norway

      Watch The Last Airbender again. It’s no worse than Lady In The Water, and is much better than The Happening. I think The Village is pretty darn good. Much better than fanboys give it credit for.

      But… Comparing him with Fincher is pretty stupid. Everybody knows Fincher can hardly be blamed for the problems with Alien 3. Plus, it was his first studio movie and he was only 24 (or 26?) – just learning his legs. Now, I consider myself a M.Night supporter (for the most part) but his BEST movie was his first (or second, according to some) and the more control and power he gets the worse his movies are. They just get worse and worse it seems.

  • sense 11

    OK first off i hate the idea of Will Smith and his son staring in any movie, especially playing father and son. Then throw a Shyamalan written & directed film in the mix.

    This has the ability to be the worst movie ever made. I can smell it already. Its going to be epic and terrible.

    OK wheres my bowl?

  • sb

    Also, I think I’m done reading Collider. I visit movie news sites to read movie news, not hear the opinion of some jackhat named Matt Goldberg every time he posts a news story. News flash asshole, no one gives a shit about what you think. We want movie news.

    Just post the news and save your opinion for your movie reviews.

    • M N Shamarrhea

      I quite enjoy it, actually. Who the f#@k wants to see Night fumble another movie.

  • Cord

    I am hoping for a comeback for M Night, having two highly likeable stars will help but I hope they get a second writer….PLEASE

  • rashis

    Please, M. Night! Do us a favour and retire from making movies RIGHT NOW! Wendy’s need cashiers. You cand send your CV.

  • 7up yours


    i can see it now m. night fu(ks up again and then brings us the next sh!tbender sequal. he halfasses it in the movie business and still get’s bring us dumb sh!t.

  • turk 189

    Apu Shyamalan is falling in a downward spiral from being the new Steven Spielberg (re Time magazine) to being the next Ed Wood.

  • Alex


    I understand Shyamalan has fucked his rep big with Lady in the Water, The Happening and worst of all Air Bender but the guy did 4 great fucking films before that, he’s slumping right now but he’ll be back cuz when a mind that is as great as his making films such as The Six Sense and his 3 movies that followed, that great mind will strike again so get off his nuts and stop clowning people cuz you can, what have you done? What have you made? If you had any talent or creativity you’d actly have a life.

  • Terry

    can somebody please pass the insulin!
    I hate sentimental shit unless Natalie Portman is crying while getting pounded from the rear. Anyway, I don’t want to see Will and his son get all warm and fuzzy. I ain’t into that sh**!

  • christophercantos

    if this turns out to be good.(like Devil), or even great, people are gonna be humiliated when they go back a year from now reading these comments. i remember when it was announce that Fincher is directing Sorkin’s screenplay for “the Facebook movie”. Ben Button was still fresh in everyone’s mind so they think Fincher is loosing his marbles. at other sites i even read that if they manage to miraculously make a good movie out of it, it still won’t be good. then we saw the movie.

    Matt, try to be optimistic on movie projects. or at least neutral. when i see Frosty, where he’s really optimistic on Transformers 3, Real Steel, and even Pirates 4, it makes me happy. even though those movies are being pre judged already by website boys as bad. i was like that once, but then, why be a pessimist? hope for the best. look at me, i really dislike Suckerpunch, but i’m hopeful Snyder really does do the “departure” in style that he’s talking about for Superman.

  • tarek

    Stop it Shyalamalamalalaman! Enough dungs!

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  • Anon

    If he makes a good movie of course we’ll give him a chance. This does NOT sounds like a good one..more like Battlefield Earth 2011

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