If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Back in April, it was revealed that (shall we say, slightly uneven) director M. Night Shyamalan's next film would be a sci-fi epic starring Will Smith and his son Jaden. At the time, he was referring to the project as 'One Thousand A.E.' though it seemed readily apparent that this was merely a working title. Well now, via the pillar of irrefutable truth that is Twitter, Shyamalan has announced that his new film's official title is 'After Earth.' The script, written by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta ('The Book of Eli'), will center on a father and son who crash land on Earth one thousand years after the last humans have abandoned it. M. Night also tweeted that he is nine weeks away from the start of shooting. The film is set, at least for the time being, to be released June 7, 2013.
Is it always a good idea to take tweets from celebrity Twitter accounts as gospel? Of course not, but in this case it seems pretty legit. That being said, 'After Earth' is sort of a bland, unimaginative title; only slightly more bland and unimaginative than 'One Thousand A.E.' The title however, is among the least crucial elements to a successful film. I'm far less concerned with what the new M. Night Shyamalan film is called as I am concerned that it's directed by M. Night Shyamalan. To say he's on a bit of losing streak of late is a massive understatement. Both 'The Happening' and 'The Last Airbender' were so inexplicably bad that it's hard to maintain optimism for this project. Then again, anyone can bounce back from slump and we can't be sure of 'After Earth's quality until it lands in theaters. Seriously though, 'After Earth?'
What do you guys think? Still willing to give M. Night a chance?