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Fox studios officially green lit their first event series, a 10 episode drama to be directed by none other than Shyamalan himself. The film-maker’s upcoming action/adventure, After Earth, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith in the lead is only 3 weeks away from its theatrical release. (May 31).
The series titled, Wayward Pines, is going to be led by actor Matt Dillon. The drama, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch, Pines is described as a thriller in the vein of Twin Peaks. The drama revolves around Ethan Burke (Dillon), a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Id., on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
The script is penned by The Playboy Club scribe Chad Hodge along with Shyamalan, who besides directing the series, along with Ashwin Rajan and Donald De Line will be executive producing the project as well. Fox will bow down the series in 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.
Virgin Produced, the film and television arm of the Virgin Group, has teamed up with Overbrook Entertainment on a non-exclusive pact, which will support the After Earth franchise, starting with the upcoming May 31st release, it was announced today by Jason Felts, CEO of Virgin Produced, and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment. This pact allows Virgin Produced the option to co-produce, co-finance and co-market a sequel to After Earth. The two companies will look to develop film and television properties together, in which Virgin Produced would co-produce and market across its expansive global platforms.
The pact marks a natural relationship for both Virgin Produced and Overbrook as it reinforces both companies’ missions: to find projects that entertain as well as educate, with ideas that leap off the entertainment page and into the national conversation. As Overbrook’s After Earth shares many of the themes that Virgin is committed to: it focuses on the future that awaits the human race if it continues on its destructive environmental path and raises important questions about the present state of the planet, the future, and the environment.
Sony Masterworks is going to release the official soundtrack album for Mr. Shyamalan’s upcoming sci-fi action adventure film, After Earth. Once again, yes, as usual, Mr. James Newton Howard has written the music for Shyamalan; Mr. Howard’s collaboration with the film-maker started with ‘The Sixth Sense’, which was released in 1999 and the two continues to collaborate.
The soundtrack is scheduled to release on June 4, 2013 and it is available for pre-order on Amazon now. After Earth stars Jaden Smith and Will Smith. Make sure to check back soon for latest updates on the soundtrack album. Thanks to Film Music Reporter for the heads-up. After Earth hits the big screens on May 31st, 2013.
In advance of the nationwide release of After Earth, the highly anticipated film in theaters May 31, Columbia Pictures is teaming up with Google for a live “After Earth Day” Google+ Hangout today, April 23 – the day after Earth Day. The Google+ Hangout brings together some of the world’s most renowned thinkers, inventors, authors, and futurists to discuss the film’s themes and the future of our planet.
The After Earth Day Google+ Hangout will be moderated by futurist Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. Joining Kurzweil will be Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and the co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal; the environmental advocate, explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau; NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, an Indian American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for longest space flight by a woman; and Jaden Smith and Will Smith, the stars of After Earth. On the literal day after Earth Day, they will discuss the future that awaits the human race on Planet Earth, in the context of the overall themes of the action-adventure. After Earth will inspire a conversation focusing on the important questions we face about the present state of the planet, the future, and the environment. The participants will also explore the interaction of technology development, space travel, and ecological preservation.
The Google+ Hangout will take place tomorrow, April 23, at 12 noon Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific. Moviegoers can tune in to the live Google+ Hangout at YouTube.com/AfterEarth, as well as Google.com/+AfterEarth where fans are invited to submit their questions for a chance to have them answered by the panelists.
In After Earth, a crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
Columbia Pictures presents an Overbrook Entertainment/Blinding Edge Pictures production directed by M. Night Shyamalan from a screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan and a story by Will Smith, and produced by Caleeb Pinkett, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, James Lassiter, and M. Night Shyamalan.
Emotion and in its core permits one to move on and when I say one, I solely mean by an artist. It actually doesn’t matter what kind of artist. I have an enormous amount of respect for all them; when I was young, I was fascinated with the idea of painting and with idea of how violin works. The sound from it, emotional, travels through the invisible air and connects with one’s ears. Films later became my love, and writing, was then introduced to me when I was in the verge of understanding the meaning behind motion pictures. I often look back at the films that taught me about life, music, love, friendship, writing and myself.
I thought to share this interesting piece as it connects with me almost in the same manner, when one looks back at a film, its score, director, writer and their artistic oeuvre. Mr. Shyamalan recently sat with DGA, and in this very interesting piece, the film-maker, discusses his favorite film, The Last Picture Show.
“I want to make tonal movies [like this], where plot is almost obscene,” continues Shyamalan as the lights go down. “In fact, I think I get in trouble because my movies are presented as plot driven vehicles, so I’m perceived more for that characteristic when in reality my tastes are more here, more like Kubrick and [Antonioni’s] Blow-Up.”
Jump over at the Quarterly article as Mr. Shyamalan in depth discusses about his favorite film and how it inspired him to go on making his own films.
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s flight from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary soldier Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his thirteen year old son Kitai (Jaden Smith). White travelling to a nearby planet, an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s ship, and they crash land in an inhospitable Earth.
Published on March 14, 2013, from author Robert Greenberger and publisher Insight Editions LLC, this immersive in-universe book that takes readers inside the world of After Earth. Featuring stunning artwork from the movie, along with unit photography and other eye catching visuals, the United Ranger corps Survival Manual is the ultimate in-universe guide to After Earth, the thrilling new movie from director M.Night Shyamalan, starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith.
Hit the jump to check out the cover and click here to order your copy today. After Earth hits theaters and IMAX on June 7, 2013.
Sony today unveiled the international poster for Shyamalan’s sci-fi film, After Earth, which is slightly better than the domestic poster that they revealed about a week ago.
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
Let us know what you think about this one. Hit the jump to view the poster.
Here is the new poster design for After Earth, ahead of its second trailer, which is scheduled to be premiered tomorrow. Thanks to the folks from Comingsoon for picking it up; After Earth, directed by M.Night Shyamalan, is based on a story by Will Smith. It’s starring Jaden Smith along with his father, Will Smith. Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Mr. Shyamalan both worked on the script besides, screenwriters like Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty), who were brought to do their own polishing, respectively.
Check out the poster after the jump and let’s us know what you think.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2012, FOX network, at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews announced that M.Night Shyamalan is developing a new event series, Wayward pines, for their network. The drama is inspired by Blake Crouche’s bestselling novel Pines, which follows the Secret Service agent, Ethan Burke as he tracks down two missing agents in a rural Idaho town. But as Ethan becomes more involved in the mysteries of Wayward Pines, Idaho, he moves farther away from everything he once knew.
The script for this intriguing thriller, which kind of reminds us of Twin Peaks, comes from Chad Hodge and it is set to be executive produced by Mr. Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan, Chris Hodge and Donald De Line. Fox’s chairman, Kevin Reilly, in a statement, added that Wayward Pines and Blood Brothers, which is their other series written and will be executive produced by Bruce C. McKenna, are the two big ideas with big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months.