Deadline are reporting that Will Smith and son Jaden are set to join M. Night Shyamalan’s next directorial effort, a yet-to-be-titled sci-fi project. Written by Shyamalan and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), the film is set in the distant future and follows an estranged father and son who have to navigate a desolate planet after their space ship crashes.
In a stament from Columbia Pictures Shyamalan says:
“The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project”.
No doubt it is. After three high profile misfires in a row, Lady in the Water, The Happening and most recently, the critically lambasted The Last Airbender, which limped to a poor $131 million domestic on a reported $150 million budget only to be saved by it’s overseas haul of $187 million, Shyamalan will be looking to cash in on the box office clout of the Smith family and bring back the golden years of the early 2000s.
It will mark the second time the father and son duo have teamed up in front of the camera, the first being The Pursuit of Happiness in 2006. Daddy Smith also served as producer on Jaden’s breakout movie The Karate Kid last year (which has a sequel in the works).