After Earth

Mark Boal Joins The Impressive List of Writers on ‘After Earth’

Variety’s Jeff Sneider recently sent out a tweet claiming that Academy Award winner Mark Boal did a polish on the script for After Earth. Boal, who won Oscars for both writing and producing 2008’s The Hurt Locker, joins fellow Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan, as well as Gary Whitta as one of the writers to work the upcoming sci-fi film. Shyamalan, an Academy Award nominated writer himself, also did drafts of his own on the screenplay. To me, this signals that Sony and Night are really serious about making this picture the best it can be, or that there were a fair share of issues with previous drafts. Here’s to hoping for the former.

After Earth will star Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash-land on Earth 1,000 years after mankind has deserted the planet. It goes in to production later this month.


5 Responses to “Mark Boal Joins The Impressive List of Writers on ‘After Earth’”

  1. M. Knight doesn’t need help with his scripts, but Hollywood can’t deal with his kind of story-telling. Critics are even worse. Here’s my response to all of them… >:9PPPP

  2. John says:

    This is getting better by the minute.

  3. […] On the 58th day, which was Tuesday, May 2nd, the crew stopped the cameras and commenced packing their belongings. After Earth represents a belief, says Shyamalan that as an artist sometimes you have to be raw and exposed. The film tells the story of a father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) whose ship crash lands on earth, one thousand years after it has been abandoned by mankind. The script was originally written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), rewritten by Shyamalan and finally polished by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) in late 2011, and also by The Hurt Locker scribe, Mark Boal. […]

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