M.Night Shyamalan's next movie will at least have a decent script. Variety reports that Stephen Gaghan recently polished the script for the futuristic sci-fi pic One Thousand A.E. from Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment.
Shyamalan made a break from his first nine features by not solely writing the script for A.E., instead the first draft was penned by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). Shyamalan then came in and did a rewrite, and now Gaghan was given the job of getting the script ready to film. His draft was completed a month ago, but Gaghan may continue to work with Shyamalan to fine-tune the current draft up until filming begins in February.
The film will feature Will and Jaden Smith "as a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the elder Smith badly injured, and it's up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place." This film will be the second time they starred together on screen, the first being 2006s The Pursuit of Happyness.
Gaghan won an Oscar for his work on Traffic, and last worked on Syriana. He is stepping behind the camera for two projects: a film about the Mexican cartel for Warner Bros., and Flashlight Pictures' indie drama about "a Snakehead who trafficks in human cargo from China."
Shyamalan has gone down hill as a director, but Gaghan's involvement could be very helpful in crafting a solid story and plot. What are your thoughts on this news? Are you looking forward to this film?