After Earth (aka Will Smith/Jaden Smith/M. Night Shyamalan film SET IN THE YEAR 3000 Anticipation Thread)

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oh my god oh my god oh my god

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

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.

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

oh fuck you Will

I did not want to see another M. Night film

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

it is happening

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

AGAIN

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:11 (eleven years ago) link

It's the Pursuit Of Happyness meets Wall-E!!!!!!

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:11 (eleven years ago) link

If the focus is Jaden rather than Will, maybe I'll be able to skip this

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:11 (eleven years ago) link

I haven't been this excited for a shitty movie since The Happening

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:13 (eleven years ago) link

if not Battlefield Earth

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

I think only "Signs" and "The Sixth Sense" are the only films he's done that actually work, of the ones I've seen ("The Village" convinced me to actively avoid him, something I was not able to do when a good friend pestered and badgered us into seeing "The Last Airbender")

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

Opening night drunkery sounds U+K

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

xpost and I assume that person is no longer a good friend.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:15 (eleven years ago) link

She's the only one of J's friends who will play Street Fighter with me!

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:16 (eleven years ago) link

Take what you can get.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:17 (eleven years ago) link

The Sixth Sense was fine enough in a prolonged Twilight Zone episode way, Unbreakable I enjoyed until the closing text, Signs until the twist. Still haven't seen the Village, but Lady In the Water, The Happening and Devil were sweet sweet lollage

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:17 (eleven years ago) link

Opening night drunkery sounds U+K

midnight showing at the grove

butterfield earth (get bent), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

there's something totally off about the concept of a young boy being estranged from his father, like it just doesn't quite work. let along the concept of being estranged and on a (hopefully vv small) spacecraft at the same time.

omar little, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

Combining The Will Smith Messiah Movie and The M. Night "Scary" Movie...I never could have asked for this.

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

So the twist will be...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

Jaden is the father

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:19 (eleven years ago) link

There really hasn't been a twist in an M Night movie since everybody went off about his movies having twists.

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

The Fresh Prince of the Forbidden Zone

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

It's a shame they already revealed the planet is Earth because they totally could have had Jaden find the Statue of Liberty or something

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:20 (eleven years ago) link

I feel bad that Will & Jada-Pinkett keep farming out their children to work. It's sad they're so bad off financially that they have to hire their children out like an 18th century family of farmhands.

Publicidad de Sexo (Abbbottt), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

Jaden is the father

― whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP),

That was my very first thought.

The Louvin Spoonful (WmC), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

My theory is that Will and Jada have paid for some kind of Being John Malkovich body-swap process. They're grooming the kids so that, when the time comes, Will and Jada can "die" in a car accident and the surviving "orphans" can carry on their good work.

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:22 (eleven years ago) link

lol you guys, it's really more that Will and Jada are rather determinedly (and successfully!) attempting to create a super-wealthy black Hollywood dynasty

not really that big a mystery

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:27 (eleven years ago) link

i think my theory ties into your theory just fine

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

just throw in IMMORTALITY

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

how do they create the generation after Jaden and Willow

please note that any response that implies Jaden and Willow have to sleep with each other will result in permanent gasface

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

Unbreakable I enjoyed until the closing text, Signs until the twist.

Totally OTM. I'd argue that first 2/3rds of Signs was the best thing he's ever done. Of couse, I haven't seen a single thing he's done (outside of YouTube compilations of the "best" of The Happening) since I walked out of The Village.

did you end up crossing the interstate

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:31 (eleven years ago) link

just throw in IMMORTALITY

You're forgetting the $cientology connection. Jaden's been anointed L. Ron's new host body.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:31 (eleven years ago) link

Jaden Smith played the most annoying movie kid in the history of cinema in The Day The Earth Stood Still. After 15 minutes i was thirsting to see his character get murdered.

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

lol co-writer Gary Whitta is the guy who did The Book of Eli... this is going to be spectacularly bad. I'm sensing Battlefield Earth levels of shittiness here.

I love my puppy -- and she loves me! (Viceroy), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

Haha that piece of shit Gaz Whitta. He used to be an editor for PC Gamer and had these horrible columns. How did he become a fuckin big time screenwriter. how.

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

and yeah I bet this is going to be a totally weird combination of Scientology stuff and M. Night's born-again shit.

I love my puppy -- and she loves me! (Viceroy), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:34 (eleven years ago) link

wait wait I remember him from PC Gamer

who is he hypnotizing into thinking he can write

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:36 (eleven years ago) link

did you end up crossing the interstate

Fortunately I parked on the right side of it, but it was so obvious what was coming that I realized I didn't need to sit through one of the worst-acted movies ever.

This is, he did, at one time, have some decent ideas but he should have never have been allowed to direct them.

add in the worst elements of 'i am legend'

omar little, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:37 (eleven years ago) link

lol I don't even remember Adrien Brody being in "The Village", I was too busy wishing death upon Bryce Dallas Howard

whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:37 (eleven years ago) link

you should see the scene in lady in the water where Bryce tells M Night that his work will inspire a great leader but he won't be alive to see it. serious drama.

da croupier, Monday, 4 April 2011 20:39 (eleven years ago) link

So the twist will be...

― Ned Raggett, Monday, April 4, 2011 4:19 PM (23 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Jaden is the father

― whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, April 4, 2011 4:19 PM (23 minutes ago) Bookmark

cannot stop lolling

how do I Mothman a ho? (Jon Lewis), Monday, 4 April 2011 20:46 (eleven years ago) link

someone just pointed out to me how Philly-centric Will and M are. Can't believe I missed that.

da croupier, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 03:00 (eleven years ago) link

The Fresh Prince of the Forbidden Zone

― Ned Raggett, Monday, April 4, 2011 8:20 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

irl lolz

Godspeed HOOS! Black Steendriver (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 03:05 (eleven years ago) link

i take people translated as data's "it's a madhouse" and raise him:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3czMMsE-dU

butterfield earth (get bent), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 05:39 (eleven years ago) link

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9MxTRspXpQ

(did you really want to talk about will and jaden?)

butterfield earth (get bent), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 05:41 (eleven years ago) link

Why did they name Willow after her father and Jaden after his mother? The eventual Scientology bodyswap also going to have tranny elements?

Nult AGL (a hoy hoy), Tuesday, 5 April 2011 10:44 (eleven years ago) link

Jaden really freaks me out. All of his dad's stone-faced petulance without any of the charm.

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 5 April 2011 23:31 (eleven years ago) link

Reynolds/Fisher

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:57 (eight years ago) link

Brolins

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:57 (eight years ago) link

This one isn't bad: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, daughter Kelly Curtis, daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, son-in-law Christopher Guest

polyphonic, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:57 (eight years ago) link

Carradines

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:58 (eight years ago) link

Huston family is pretty dope

polyphonic, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:58 (eight years ago) link

Redgraves

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:59 (eight years ago) link

lol poly are you scanning this too?

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:59 (eight years ago) link

hmm yeah Hustons are pretty inarguable

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:00 (eight years ago) link

had no idea Plimpton was a Carradine wtf

four Marxes plus four Obamas plus four Bin Ladens (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:02 (eight years ago) link

yeah that made me go O_O

they are either militarists (ugh) or kangaroos (?) (DJP), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:04 (eight years ago) link

lol poly are you scanning this too?

A similar but different list, yes.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:06 (eight years ago) link

WHAT? How did I never know that Talia Shire is Jason Schwartman's mother?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:07 (eight years ago) link

I did not know that Muffy from Trading Places is Jamie Lee Curtis's sister! Winthorpe, you dog.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:08 (eight years ago) link

Oh I was confusing Muffy with Penelope. Not as impressive.

polyphonic, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:12 (eight years ago) link

Is it true that you alphabetized your laser discs?
Will: Yeah, I’m very, very serious about systems supporting creative inspiration.

just sayin, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:25 (eight years ago) link

Fondas were p. dope as dynasties go.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:39 (eight years ago) link

Derns

The End**^ (Eazy), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 22:05 (eight years ago) link

A smash success!:

After Earth is a dreadfully dull movie, essentially one long quest to find intergalactic cell-phone reception in front of a futuristic Earth backdrop that looks painted and is populated by CGI creatures that don’t even look up to Madagascar quality – they’re as flat and cartoonish as The Lion King. Will Smith is motionless for 75 percent of the movie, delivering each belabored line seconds apart (“I’m a thespian, I’m a thespian,” he thinks between each pained sentence instead of, "One Mississippi, two Mississippi"). Jaden Smith speaks like someone who’s never heard a British accent but who’s heard of British accents and is trying it out nonetheless. (It is never explained why he has any trace of a British accent, by the way.) He mumbles narration and only telegraphs extreme terror on that little, wincing face of his until his character magically doesn’t anymore.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 31 May 2013 20:48 (eight years ago) link

I await Armond's challopsy rave review.

...also i'm awesome (Nicole), Friday, 31 May 2013 20:58 (eight years ago) link

I'm fascinated by the complete and utter lack of any mention of M. Night's name on ANY of the promo I've seen for this one. Billboards, trailers, commercials... NOTHING.

― Young Boy Befriends Orange, Tangy Larvae in Luxs' Early (zero of the signified), Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:55 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

until i opened this thread i had no idea night was involved

steening in your HOOSless carriage (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Friday, 31 May 2013 21:12 (eight years ago) link

how is it he is still allowed to make movies? he's done like 4 bombs in a row now

Mr. Scarf Ace is Back (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 31 May 2013 21:13 (eight years ago) link

the last airbender did surprisingly good money for being so critically reviled

persona insufficiently memorable (reddening), Friday, 31 May 2013 23:43 (eight years ago) link

i think maybe lady in the water is the only MNS to lose money at the box office (and it probably made some money in subsequent release windows).

but there's a strong perception of him as a guy who makes flop after flop, and despite what it may look like hollywood producers are kind of sensitive to critical response, especially when every film he's made since... the village (?) has gotten a drubbing.

so he's reduced to helming will smith vanity projects, and like most such projects this one is going down in flames.

so I really do wonder, perhaps out of morbid curiosity-- where does MNS go from here?

i kind of wonder if he'll go the john singleton route: attaching his name to ever-more-downmarket franchises and star vehicles, only being able to get a film off the ground twice a decade.

it's going to be ugly.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 1 June 2013 05:12 (eight years ago) link

Speaking of Singleton, what derailed his career? Was it Shaft?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 1 June 2013 05:44 (eight years ago) link

series of flops + shitty on-set behavior

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 1 June 2013 08:53 (eight years ago) link

and not being able to bring films in on time/budget or so i've heard

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 1 June 2013 08:54 (eight years ago) link

Singleton, Dickerson, Hughes Bros. - is Spike Lee the only vet of the great black filmmaker renaissance who kept making films? He probably should have stopped, too.

M. Night - it's amazing to see how quickly the good will vanished. "The Sixth Sense" is solid, "Signs" and "Unbreakable" massively flawed but ambitious in the right ways. But "The Village" is a beautifully shot mess, probably the first movie he made where the reveal at the end earned derisive dismissals. "Lady in the Water" is his most ridiculous ego-flop. And his last two have echoed as punchlines. This one is a smart move, since the Smith family will take the heat. As put in the Atlantic:

Shyamalan's involvement notwithstanding, After Earth is a vanity project of the burgeoning multinational Will Smith Inc. The movie stars Smith and his 14-year-old son, Jaden. It's produced by Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett, and longtime friend and business partner James Lassiter. And it's based on a story written by Smith as a vehicle for his son, a story that he conceived while he and his brother-in-law were watching television together. Which is a long way of saying that it might be best to give Shyamalan a pass on this one.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2013 12:03 (eight years ago) link

Ernest Dickerson has directed 5-6 episodes of The Walking Dead, but that's all I've seen his name on recently.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Saturday, 1 June 2013 12:21 (eight years ago) link

i saw the trailer for that one m-night movie DEVIL in a theatre and yknow it was exciting and kinda scary and lots of heavy breathing and panicking and quick shots of scary things happening in darkness, and the audience sat in polite fear, and then it said

FROM THE MIND
OF M NIGHT SHYAMALAN

and the entire theatre as one burst into laughter

the white queen and her caustic judgments (difficult listening hour), Saturday, 1 June 2013 15:00 (eight years ago) link

Like for Best Actor Oscars. Almost 90 percent of the time, it’s mental illness and historical figures, right?

Will Smith took 'never go full retard' to heart?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 1 June 2013 15:26 (eight years ago) link

I await Armond's challopsy rave review.

would you settle for the bright, reputable Matt Zoller Seitz?

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/after-earth-2013

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 June 2013 16:31 (eight years ago) link

Ebert's remaining atoms of consciousness somewhere plotting murder.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 June 2013 17:11 (eight years ago) link

Some of Shyamalan's images echo classic movie tales of survival and madness in nature: "Aguirre: The Wrath of God," "Jeremiah Johnson," "The Searchers," "The Naked Prey," "The Edge."

This review is hazardous, I think I damaged my left eye from the eyeroll this sentence induced.

...also i'm awesome (Nicole), Saturday, 1 June 2013 17:26 (eight years ago) link

Hate Roeper, but even he has some good zings:

This movie is “Take Your Kid to Work Day” to the extreme.

As for the plot, I guess recycling remains in vogue centuries from now. There’s so little here we haven’t seen done previously, and done better.

(If we have the knowledge and wherewithal to evacuate an entire planet and transport millions if not billions to another galaxy, why can’t we figure out a way to save our own world? It seems cheaper.)

“After Earth” is a film without wit or sparkle. At times the special effects look so cheesy that you wonder if they’re going to pull back and show members of the crew rocking the ship or working the strings on puppets.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 June 2013 17:30 (eight years ago) link

TBF i have no stake in whether this film is good or bad. i'm glad that MZS has a different take on it. i don't know that i'm ready to spend $10 to find out whether he's right.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 1 June 2013 18:17 (eight years ago) link

but you could say that of most movies. i haven't actually seen more than one or two new movies in the theater over the past three months. i think the last one was "barbara," which was a disappointment to me.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 1 June 2013 18:18 (eight years ago) link

Some of Shyamalan's images echo classic movie tales of survival and madness in nature: "Aguirre: The Wrath of God,"

Movie critic kismet - this is from The Onion AV Club:

Austere, roomy compositions—courtesy of Peter Suschitzky, the longtime David Cronenberg cinematographer who also shot The Empire Strikes Back—frame Jaden Smith’s character against vast backdrops of swaying foliage; during certain stretches, After Earth looks more like an elaborate Werner Herzog homage than a big-budget sci-fi flick.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Saturday, 1 June 2013 18:54 (eight years ago) link

Word is that Now You See Me film is beating it this weekend. (And the new Fast and Furious still beating both.)

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 June 2013 21:07 (eight years ago) link

This review is hazardous, I think I damaged my left eye from the eyeroll this sentence induced.

― ...also i'm awesome (Nicole), Saturday, June 1, 2013 1:26 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

i dont see why shyamalan would be incapable of quoting the searchers

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Saturday, 1 June 2013 21:15 (eight years ago) link

I'll put up with a lot of junk in return for some herzog knock-off shots.

stefon taylor swiftboat (s.clover), Sunday, 2 June 2013 00:43 (eight years ago) link

does this film feature 5min long shot of Will Smith hypnotizing an iguana y/n

Mr. Scarf Ace is Back (Shakey Mo Collier), Sunday, 2 June 2013 00:50 (eight years ago) link

the audience sat in polite fear

+1

steening in your HOOSless carriage (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Sunday, 2 June 2013 01:14 (eight years ago) link

mzs is usually wrong imo

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 23:26 (eight years ago) link

dude loves to heap elaborate praise on seriously mediocre shit

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 4 June 2013 23:27 (eight years ago) link

he is certainly a fan of hyperbole

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 01:41 (eight years ago) link

seitz is a really good & thoughtful writer.

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 5 June 2013 06:36 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Wow, this is SO BAD. Not even worth watching on an airplane. I gave up shortly after the ship crashed. Like, nothing that happened had any meaning whatsoever. There are no stakes. I could not possibly care what happens to anybody in it.

El Tomboto, Monday, 4 January 2016 23:37 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

So the twist will be...

― Ned Raggett, Monday, April 4, 2011 4:19 PM (23 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Jaden is the father

― whelping at his sandpapery best (DJP), Monday, April 4, 2011 4:19 PM (23 minutes ago) Bookmark

Deez NFTs (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 May 2022 18:17 (one week ago) link

SET IN THE YEAR 3000

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 16 May 2022 14:06 (six days ago) link


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