MTV News has always had a soft spot for M. Night Shyamalan, so we're heartened by the news that he's is getting right back in the saddle after his last big-screen venture, "The Last Airbender," failed to connect with U.S. audiences. According to Heat Vision blog, Night is looking to direct a super-secret sci-fi film he isn't writing ("The Book of Eli" screenwriter Gary Whitta is) called "One Thousand A.E.," which would be a starring vehicle for newly minted "It Kid" Jaden Smith.
Smith proved with this summer's surprise $176.6-million hit "The Karate Kid" that he can be just as big a box office draw as his dad Will, and Shyamalan is due for a hit after the back-to-back-back box-office disappointments of "Lady in the Water," "The Happening" and "Last Airbender." If "A.E." is a success, it could cement Smith's celebrity power and potentially revitalize Shyamalan's career. While the film is still looking for a studio home, Shyamalan is developing it at Will Smith's Overbrook production company and will likely end up at Sony.
Although Will is involved as producer and the film reportedly does have a meaty adult male role, the "Independence Day" and "I Am Legend" star is currently not on tap to star. Should Sony pick up the film, that could change. Let's hope it does; according to Heat Vision, Shyamalan had another original screenplay he was shopping around in June that had Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow loosely attached to star, but that never found a home. If Will signs up for "A.E.," there's no way it will meet the same fate and no telling how well it might do.
Do you want to see Shyamalan try sci-fi again? How do you feel about Jaden Smith as a leading man?