Jaden Smith talks M. Night Shyamalans next film

Karate Kid

M. Night Shyamalan may not be the most popular moviemaker working today, with his Last Airbender widely considered the worst movie of the year.

But he’s pressing forward anyway with the mysterious One Thousand A.E ., which (thankfully?) has not been penned by the auteur himself, but by Book Of Eli ’s Gary Whitta.

It's also being overseen by Will Smith as a starring vehicle for his son, Karate Kid star Jaden, who has just spoken to Entertainment Weekly about the project.

“We’re reading the script right now,” Jaden reveals. “I don’t want to give it away because that wouldn’t be tight, but it’s set in the future and it’s about a journey.”

Seems like Night is sticking to sci-fi terrain, then, though any details beyond that are pretty much non-existent for the moment. Which is "tight". We think.

Anyway. We’re hopeful that the director can pull back his withering reputation considering he’s working with a script by another writer, as well as Hollywood good boy Will – though it’ll take some doing to get Night back to the respected filmmaker he was circa Unbreakable .

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.