By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 4, 2011 at 7:14AM
While "Men In Black 3" looks like it's being swallowed into a sinkhole of overspending, the bottom line is that Will Smith is the biggest star in the world and Sony loves being in business with the guy. So if he and his son want to star in a sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, then that's what's gonna happen dammit.
Deadline reports that Will Smith has now come on board the sci-fi project previously announced as “One Thousand A.E.” along with his son Jaden Smith. Co-written by Gary Whitta ("The Book Of Eli") details are being kept tight, but the story will follow a young boy and his estranged father who crash land on a planet and have to explore to it. Last year, all Jaden would say is "it’s set in the future and it’s about a journey.” So yeah, that's about the thrust of it.
This just seems like a mix of a whole bunch of bad ideas, and we're not sure why M. Night is still being given keys to the studio playground especially following the savaged "The Last Airbender" (though, it still ended up making over $300 million worldwide, so the joke is on us, folks). No word yet on the what the inevitable twist will be but it better not involve evil trees and sinister wind.
No word yet on when it will lens or even if it will be Smith's next film. He's currently got his eye on a good handful of projects for his next potential movie.