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First full synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth revealed

Jul. 2, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

M. Night with his new camera for AE

Despite consistently putting out products that many deem should have broken his career, M. Night Shyamalan still continues to make new movies.  His latest is a collaboration with Will Smith and son Jaden Smith, one written by Gary Whitta (THE BOOK OF ELI) and titled AFTER EARTH.  Now, AFTER EARTH is set to appear at Comic-Con next weekend, and included in the panel description was a plot for the up-until-now secretive movie.  There are of course a few spoilers here, so be forewarned.

“In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.”

It's an interesting touch to have Will Smith playing a character who, according to the above description alone, is sidelined for most of the movie while his son goes off on the main adventure.  I'm sure there will be more to it than that, but it this development certainly provides some food for thought. 

And for those of you who will be at Comic-Con: "The SDCC panel will include the film’s screenwriter Gary Whitta and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, as well as the team behind the tie-in comic book After Earth: Innocence, artist Beni Lobel and writers Robert Greenberger and Michael Friedman. Peter David, author of the After Earth prequel novel, will also be there."

M. Night and Will Smith

I just have to know - what are M. Night and Will Smith saying here?

Extra Tidbit: A release date of June 7th, 2013 has already been set. That's almost a year to the day after PROMETHEUS - maybe a big budget Sci-Fi summer movie trend has begun?
Source: Filmofilia

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12:54PM on 07/09/2012

They're saying....

"On M. Night's NEXT hat, make it look like this!"
"On M. Night's NEXT hat, make it look like this!"
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10:30PM on 07/03/2012

Here's what they're saying:

M.Night: And thats the "thought provoking, enviormental" message of the movie.
[silence]
Will Smith: Let's just get this straight...I'm here because they're paying me $90 million...
M.Night: And thats the "thought provoking, enviormental" message of the movie.
[silence]
Will Smith: Let's just get this straight...I'm here because they're paying me $90 million...
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10:26PM on 07/03/2012

Here's what they're saying:

M.Night: And thats the "thought provoking, enviormental" message of the movie.
[silence]
Will Smith: Let's just get this straight...I'm here because they're paying me $90 million...
M.Night: And thats the "thought provoking, enviormental" message of the movie.
[silence]
Will Smith: Let's just get this straight...I'm here because they're paying me $90 million...
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9:39AM on 07/03/2012
M. Night: .. So think of it as a hentai-like creature slowly working its way up to your ass while the other tentacles attempt to skull-fuck you, got it?
Will Smith: Son if you do this scene right, the movie is going to make a pile of cash "This big".
M. Night: .. So think of it as a hentai-like creature slowly working its way up to your ass while the other tentacles attempt to skull-fuck you, got it?
Will Smith: Son if you do this scene right, the movie is going to make a pile of cash "This big".
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7:29AM on 07/03/2012

RE tidbit.

M.Night is directing and Will is saving. I keep wanting to give Shyamalan a chance, and I suppose it is deserving, because it is very hard to recreate genius, which is what "Sixth Sense" was. And there were glimpses of genius in his subsequent 2 films, "Unbreakable" and "Signs", but upon execution something went wrong, I still liked those movies for in them I saw his potential.
But this gift is now seemingly lost, a scene in a movie where a confused and annoyed Whalberg begs a plastic plant
M.Night is directing and Will is saving. I keep wanting to give Shyamalan a chance, and I suppose it is deserving, because it is very hard to recreate genius, which is what "Sixth Sense" was. And there were glimpses of genius in his subsequent 2 films, "Unbreakable" and "Signs", but upon execution something went wrong, I still liked those movies for in them I saw his potential.
But this gift is now seemingly lost, a scene in a movie where a confused and annoyed Whalberg begs a plastic plant for a chance to survive seems retarded. And the complete mutilation of an almost perfect children's story, "Avatar". Sad to say, but it seems that Shyamalan is another one hit wonder.
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4:30AM on 07/03/2012
Can't give Shyamalan the benefit of the doubt this time. After The Happening, I'm just not all that interesting. Now, I like Will Smith, he's a lot of fun to watch and has fantastic charisma, but here he's confined to a cockpit and we have to follow Jayden around the whole time? He did absolutely nothing to impress me in Karate Kid, and I can't see him doing all that well taking on a main role here by himself. I like the premise, but I will have to wait till the reviews for this one, and they
Can't give Shyamalan the benefit of the doubt this time. After The Happening, I'm just not all that interesting. Now, I like Will Smith, he's a lot of fun to watch and has fantastic charisma, but here he's confined to a cockpit and we have to follow Jayden around the whole time? He did absolutely nothing to impress me in Karate Kid, and I can't see him doing all that well taking on a main role here by himself. I like the premise, but I will have to wait till the reviews for this one, and they really better blow me away.
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4:06AM on 07/03/2012
ah, it feels like it was just yesterday that calling shamalmals a hack was the 'in' thing to do.
i consider it to be similar to what tim burton is going through. both of their past few movies have been pretty shiit, both have some greats from early on, and i think they'll figure out what they're doing. although i kind of have a bit more hope for shanaynay....
ah, it feels like it was just yesterday that calling shamalmals a hack was the 'in' thing to do.
i consider it to be similar to what tim burton is going through. both of their past few movies have been pretty shiit, both have some greats from early on, and i think they'll figure out what they're doing. although i kind of have a bit more hope for shanaynay....
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3:44AM on 07/03/2012

Caption...

M. Night: "Ok jaden.. can you cry just like how you did in that other awful movie The Day the Earth Stood Still?"

This movie is going to do one of two thing... Either show that Will Smith can make even the worst director look Really Really good.. or Proof that M. Night has "Sex Hands" and everything he touches gets F*cked
M. Night: "Ok jaden.. can you cry just like how you did in that other awful movie The Day the Earth Stood Still?"

This movie is going to do one of two thing... Either show that Will Smith can make even the worst director look Really Really good.. or Proof that M. Night has "Sex Hands" and everything he touches gets F*cked
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10:17PM on 07/02/2012
This is the strangest, most inexplicable career move ever. You're the world's biggest movie star so you work with a director that literally makes people moan at the very sight of his name. A director who hasn't directed a decent movie in nearly a decade, a director that is literally coming off of the worst film of his career and one of the worst ever made. Um... DOUBLE YOU TEE EFF? I hope I'm wrong.
This is the strangest, most inexplicable career move ever. You're the world's biggest movie star so you work with a director that literally makes people moan at the very sight of his name. A director who hasn't directed a decent movie in nearly a decade, a director that is literally coming off of the worst film of his career and one of the worst ever made. Um... DOUBLE YOU TEE EFF? I hope I'm wrong.
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8:20PM on 07/02/2012

ill watch it

i thought sixth sense was okay, unbreakable was awesome, signs was decent, the village was FANTASTIC, lady in the water was a pile of garbage followed up by one of the worst movies ive ever seen in the happening - and the last airbender, while not a great movie was a better than average adaptation in my opinion (i'm not an airbender expert but i have watched the entire series and do really enjoy it). i will totally see this bc M, and Will Smith can do no wrong in my opinion.
i thought sixth sense was okay, unbreakable was awesome, signs was decent, the village was FANTASTIC, lady in the water was a pile of garbage followed up by one of the worst movies ive ever seen in the happening - and the last airbender, while not a great movie was a better than average adaptation in my opinion (i'm not an airbender expert but i have watched the entire series and do really enjoy it). i will totally see this bc M, and Will Smith can do no wrong in my opinion.
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6:26PM on 07/02/2012
Raige!!
Raige!!
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6:24PM on 07/02/2012
Cypher
Cypher
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5:55PM on 07/02/2012

SOunds fucking cool

I hope it will be fuckin cool. I wonder if he'll do any twist ? and if so what would they be ? :)
I hope it will be fuckin cool. I wonder if he'll do any twist ? and if so what would they be ? :)
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2:51PM on 07/02/2012
All the cool kids are dissing on M. Night, so...........

F@ck you M. Night! There is no way any halfway decent director can fuck up The Last Air Bender. All you had to do was follow the series, make sure to include female ninjas and throw in a cabbage joke here and there. That is it, all you had to do and the fanboys would be happy. How is it that hard? Oh yeah, because you are a total hack.
All the cool kids are dissing on M. Night, so...........

F@ck you M. Night! There is no way any halfway decent director can fuck up The Last Air Bender. All you had to do was follow the series, make sure to include female ninjas and throw in a cabbage joke here and there. That is it, all you had to do and the fanboys would be happy. How is it that hard? Oh yeah, because you are a total hack.
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2:34PM on 07/02/2012
Cypher Raige? ...pass.
Cypher Raige? ...pass.
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1:01PM on 07/02/2012

I really hope this film turns out great, but...

You lost me at "Cypher Raige"
You lost me at "Cypher Raige"
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12:53PM on 07/02/2012

He's got talent....

I know it's cool to make fun of M. Night (and deservedly so for some of his movies) but he just needs to find his way again, he has the talent. He started out on fire but it started going downhill after Signs, and unfortunately his ego is out of control based on some of his interviews I've seen recently. I'm glad to see he didn't write this movie, I think making him strictly a director can go a long way in having him bounce back.
I know it's cool to make fun of M. Night (and deservedly so for some of his movies) but he just needs to find his way again, he has the talent. He started out on fire but it started going downhill after Signs, and unfortunately his ego is out of control based on some of his interviews I've seen recently. I'm glad to see he didn't write this movie, I think making him strictly a director can go a long way in having him bounce back.
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12:52PM on 07/02/2012

Hate me for this but...

I am not going to hate this movie even before it releases because M night has made some of bad movies. If i hate him for his recent flicks, i like him for 6th sense, unbreakable, to an extent signs, and devil(written by MNS) which was decent. So i wont hate it till i hate it!!
I am not going to hate this movie even before it releases because M night has made some of bad movies. If i hate him for his recent flicks, i like him for 6th sense, unbreakable, to an extent signs, and devil(written by MNS) which was decent. So i wont hate it till i hate it!!
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12:16PM on 07/02/2012
That shit eating grin M. Night has in the first pic makes me want to back-hand him....he should be directing this like his life and career depends on it. Unfortunately, even if it sucks, it'll open big because of Smith and Night will get yet another stay of execution...
That shit eating grin M. Night has in the first pic makes me want to back-hand him....he should be directing this like his life and career depends on it. Unfortunately, even if it sucks, it'll open big because of Smith and Night will get yet another stay of execution...
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11:37AM on 07/02/2012
I smell another addition to the awfully good section.
I smell another addition to the awfully good section.
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11:35AM on 07/02/2012
However cool the plot sounds and the set photos or a trailer looks, I will not see this film unless I read some goddamn decent reviews first. Lessons learned from THE LAST AIRBENDER. The way this dude turned my most favorite animation show into a pile of garbage, now not even the all powerful Will Smith can change me from a skeptic to an optimistic. On the other hand, he's not writing, so thats a BIG PLUS.
However cool the plot sounds and the set photos or a trailer looks, I will not see this film unless I read some goddamn decent reviews first. Lessons learned from THE LAST AIRBENDER. The way this dude turned my most favorite animation show into a pile of garbage, now not even the all powerful Will Smith can change me from a skeptic to an optimistic. On the other hand, he's not writing, so thats a BIG PLUS.
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11:30AM on 07/02/2012

How to watch an M Night movie

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11:25AM on 07/02/2012
woops
woops
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11:22AM on 07/02/2012

this is true

@BiggerBoat i see what you did there i can completely agree with that sentiment
@BiggerBoat i see what you did there i can completely agree with that sentiment
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11:17AM on 07/02/2012
Eh, at least the writer isn't Shyamalan himself. Book of Eli was cool.
Eh, at least the writer isn't Shyamalan himself. Book of Eli was cool.
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11:10AM on 07/02/2012
Will Smith: Day-amn. Lady in the Water, The Happening, & Last Airbender? That's THREE train wrecks since Unbreakable!
Will Smith: Day-amn. Lady in the Water, The Happening, & Last Airbender? That's THREE train wrecks since Unbreakable!
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10:01AM on 07/02/2012
Cypher Raige and Kitai Raige? Good grief. How's the latter pronounced, 'Kitty'? Kitty Rage? Yup, pussies make him angry. Presumably his dad, General Raige, doesn't have a specific target for his violent outbursts, he's liable to lash out at anyone and anything for any reason.
Cypher Raige and Kitai Raige? Good grief. How's the latter pronounced, 'Kitty'? Kitty Rage? Yup, pussies make him angry. Presumably his dad, General Raige, doesn't have a specific target for his violent outbursts, he's liable to lash out at anyone and anything for any reason.
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9:43AM on 07/02/2012
BATTLEFIELD EARTH 2: XENU'S REVENGE.
BATTLEFIELD EARTH 2: XENU'S REVENGE.
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9:15AM on 07/02/2012

Caption for the bottom pic:

Will Smith: "His career was over here (left hand) and after this movie it's going to be over here (right hand)."
Will Smith: "His career was over here (left hand) and after this movie it's going to be over here (right hand)."
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8:54AM on 07/02/2012
M. Night: And we end the film with a twist that will surprise the whole audi
Will Smith: Yeah yeah, shut the fuck up, this is what were going to do.


Caption on the first photo:
Hehe I still get funding for movies...suckers

M. Night: And we end the film with a twist that will surprise the whole audi
Will Smith: Yeah yeah, shut the fuck up, this is what were going to do.


Caption on the first photo:
Hehe I still get funding for movies...suckers

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8:44AM on 07/02/2012
Will Smith: "Son, don't talk to the plant!"
M. Night: "Go ahead and talk to the plant. This is actually The Happening 2: What's Happening!"
Will Smith: "Son, don't talk to the plant!"
M. Night: "Go ahead and talk to the plant. This is actually The Happening 2: What's Happening!"
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8:42AM on 07/02/2012

I defended Night for a long time.

But Cypher Raige? Fuck you, M. Night Shyamalan. Fuck you.
But Cypher Raige? Fuck you, M. Night Shyamalan. Fuck you.
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3:34PM on 07/02/2012
I thought he didn't right this, so why are you blaming him?
I thought he didn't right this, so why are you blaming him?
8:42AM on 07/02/2012
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M Night: Okay guys, in this scene I want you to--
Will: Yeah yeah. Later for that. Did y'all SEE the Happening?? Here's how its gonna be...
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M Night: Okay guys, in this scene I want you to--
Will: Yeah yeah. Later for that. Did y'all SEE the Happening?? Here's how its gonna be...
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8:15AM on 07/02/2012
In the distant future we'll all have names like Cypher Raige, the result of hundreds of years of desperately trying to out-cool eachother.
In the distant future we'll all have names like Cypher Raige, the result of hundreds of years of desperately trying to out-cool eachother.
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8:15AM on 07/02/2012

Caption...

"Okay Jaden, we will now use finger puppets to try and describe to you how to actually emote for a change."
"Okay Jaden, we will now use finger puppets to try and describe to you how to actually emote for a change."
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8:28AM on 07/02/2012
Another caption would be: "Look Jaden, an invisible harp and an invisible keyboard!"
Another caption would be: "Look Jaden, an invisible harp and an invisible keyboard!"
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