After Earth gets an official plot synopsis


With SDCC  right around the corner information is starting to leak about all the films that will be there. One of these is M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, which is having a panel at the convention, though it will be focused more on the comic book than the film. Still, thanks to the panel we have an official plot description for the movie from the con’s schedule.

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.

Looks like this is going to be more of the Jayden Smith show than the Will Smith show, but whoever’s show it is the real question is if Shyamalan can restore anyone’s faith in his ability to direct a movie. I have serious doubts he can.

[via JoBlo]

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