The After Earth premiere Wednesday night turned out to be a real family affair, with Smiths and Pinketts dominating the appropriately-colored green carpet.
With such a strong family dynamic present in this film (real life father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith star), it's no surprise that, despite being an action-packed sci-fi flick, the real focus of the story is on the father-son relationship. "The father-son relationship was always the most important thing," writer Gary Whitta told Hollywood.com at the After Earth premiere. "Even though we're telling the movie on a huge science fiction canvas ... I call it Smith Family Robinson."
In fact, After Earth wasn't originally conceived as a sci-fi film at all. When Will Smith first came up with the idea for the movie it was set in the present-day Alaskan wilderness and told the story of a military father and son who drive off the rode during a fishing trip. The father gets injured in the crash and the son has to go for help. But then, one night, Smith had a revelation.
"He had a dream one day, woke up, and said, 'It's a thousand years in the future,'" Whitta said.
So, thanks to Will's subconscious, he and Jaden were forced to fight back against vicious, highly evolved creatures instead of bears or a pack of wolves. Then again, there's still that other wolf pack they have to deal with. But something tells me this father-son duo can handle just about anything.
There is still, of course, the question of what exactly Jaden's character will have to survive in the film. Director M. Night Shyamalan is notorious for throwing huge twists in at the end of his movies, so you can bet there will be one in After Earth. Even Jaden couldn't say much without giving something away.
"Is my character tough at surviving?" Jaden said. "At the beginning, sort of, you've got to watch the movie. There's multiple different answers for that."
So grab your family members, head to the theater, and settle in for a Swiss family — I mean, Smith family — adventure.
After Earth opens nationwide May 31.
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Georgia-based writer Bridgette Burgin has accused the directors of stealing the movie's premise from her unpublished work The Final Call after she submitted 10 chapters of the book into a Writers Digest contest.
Burgin claims that judges, who screened the manuscripts, were allowed to hold on to the works after the competition and she alleges two of them then supplied her project to Gary Whitta, The Book of Eli screenwriter.
Burgin is now seeking damages for injury to her professional reputation and diminution of her intellectual property since there were more than 50 similarities between the two works.
According to AllHipHop.com, Burgin is also asking for a temporary order to ban further distribution of the film.
I could never not be on board with more cartoons. Paramount Studios, following the glory of Rango, is launching its own animation division. Rango was the debut feature from special effect staple Industrial Light & Magic, while Paramount’s previous animated films were all developed by Dreamworks. But the companies’ partnership seems to be coming to an end with the studio intending to launch a new in-house animation division and its first film in 2014.
The project is called New Kid, and is an adaptation of Jerry Holkins’ and Mike Krahulik’s online comic on Penny Arcade. The script is being written by The Book of Eli’s Gary Whitta.
What with the unstoppable giant Pixar, the animated film industry of recent years has swelled with ambition and competition. As Warner Bros. and Fox have contributed animated hits to the game over the past few years, the big name of Paramount, after the trail run of Rango, is finally taking an independent swing with this new division.
Producing New Kid are Mary Parent and Cale Boyter through Disruption Entertainment.
Source: The Wrap, Hollywood Reporter
M. Night Shyamalan is working on putting together his next directorial effort, an ultra-clandestine sci-fi project that's being developed at Will Smith's Overbrook.
According to the Heat Vision blog, One Thousand A. E., unlike most of Shyamalan's oeuvre, is not written by the director.
Instead, The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta is on script duty with plot details under lock and key. However, says HV, A.E. is being developed as a vehicle for Jaden Smith. There is a starring role for an adult male, although sources said Will Smith will not be stepping in.
Meanwhile, Heat Vision notes that "the secret untitled project" Shyamalan shopped around in June, which came with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow loosely attached, never found a buyer and was quietly shelved.
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