What could make us dread another M. Night Shyamalan movie even more? What about adding that child actor who ruined Karate Kid? Although it sounds Shyamalan's next picture is The Happening 2, we're still clinging to a bit of optimism.
Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith are uniting with M. Night Shyamalan for his mysterious new science fiction feature. It's set a thousand years in the future on an abandoned Earth (and was previously titled One Thousand A.E.).
To be fair, it seemed as though Jaden could act in The Pursuit of Happyness, so perhaps he just needs constant supervision from his dad. Meanwhile, Shyamalan has surrounded himself with people that told him The Last Airbender looked great. So if Will Smith can drown out all the yes-men on set, we may have a very interesting post-apocalyptic adventure on our hands. We trust Smith's judgment and we know Shyamalan has the capability to make good movies. It's a big responsibility but Smith isn't just a giant Hollywood actor, he's also a pretty demanding producer. So maybe Smith's input will save Shyamalan from himself.
Also on the plus side, Shyamalan didn't write the script — Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta did. Which, well, OK maybe that's not a huge plus. In any case, we just want the old Shyamalan back. We don't care how this happens, but if anyone can do it, Will Smith can.