After a string of underwhelming films, much-maligned American director M. Night Shyamalan – who was remarkably being touted as ‘the next Spielberg’ only a decade ago – is now associated with flops. For his latest endeavour, the auteur has called upon the talents of father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith for apocalyptic sci-fi After Earth (2013). Whilst it’s still not the return to form that avid Shyamalan fans were hoping for, it’s far from the disaster that some have been dreading. The narrative (which was conceived by Smith Sr) is set over a thousand years in the future, where cataclysmic events have forced humans to abandon Earth.
A full seven years after the release of the well-received family drama The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), Will and Jaden Smith have teamed up once again for next June’s apocalyptic sci-fi After Earth (2013). Director M. Night Shyalaman’s most recent efforts – which include the disastrous trio of Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010) – have been disappointing blights on an otherwise solid resume, to say the very least. After Earth will mark the the Indian-American’s return to blockbuster filmmaking, and the inaugural teaser trailer which has crash landed online today is certainly cause for cautious optimism amongst the director’s more avid fans.
Watch the trailer for After Earth at CineVue here.