After Earth (originally known as 1000 A.E.) is an upcoming American science-fiction thriller film co-written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars real-life father and son Will and Jaden Smith as Cypher and Kitai Raige, with Will also acting as producer and co-writer, and will be distributed by Columbia Pictures and available on IMAX.
In the near future, after humanity abandoned Earth after cataclysmic events, they re-established society on the planet Nova Prime, light years away from Earth. Abandoned, Earth continued to flourish on its own.
One thousand years after the departure from Earth, the Ranger Corps, a peace keeping organization established shortly after colonization of Nova Prime, is led by General Cypher Raige (Will Smith), a wise but cold and emotionless father. His teenage son, Kitai (Jaden Smith), is a recruit of the Ranger Corps, but his knack for mischief frustrates Cypher.
Urged by his wife (Sophie Okonedo), who sees Kitais behaviour as a longing for his father's love, Cypher takes Kitai on a mission trip to Earth. The ship travels into an asteroid field and crashes on Earth, killing everyone except a critically injured Cypher and Kitai, who are forced to embark on a perilous journey across uncharted terrain, coming across evolved animals that now dominate the planet, as well as an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash, to signal for help.
Will Smith conceived this story when he was watching the television show I Shouldn't Be Alive with his brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett. It was originally not a science fiction story but about a father and son crashing their car in the mountains or some remote region, with the son having to go out and get rescue for his father. Will Smith then decided to change the setting to 1000 years in the future, which imposed a higher budget. Smith had his production company Overbrook contact Gary Whitta (who was then known for his script for The Book of Eli) with a simple log line for a movie: a father and son crash landed on Earth 1000 years after it had been abandoned by humankind. Impressed with his idea and excited about the opportunity to work with him, Whitta fleshed out Smith's idea and pitched it to him, subsequently became the first employee on the project.
M. Night Shyamalan was attached to this project then entitled One Thousand A. E. as his next directorial effort, three months after the massive critical failure of The Last Airbender, and quietly shelved his own secret untitled project with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow loosely attached. At the time, it was only scripted by Gary Whitta and starred Jaden Smith. There was another starring role for an adult male, but sources indicated that Will Smith would not be taking it on. Sony Pictures Entertainment has a first-look deal with Overbrook, so it was expected to be the studio home for A.E.Shyamalan later suggested the film may feature other members of the Smith family, and that it may not be in 3D but he had "an idea for something kind of technically interesting."
On April 2011, Columbia Pictures, a film studio of Sony, signed Will Smith and son Jaden Smith to star in the film with Shyamalan directing. Shyamalan co-wrote the screenplay with Gary Whitta, will be producing the movie with Overbrook’s James Lassiter, Smith, Ken Stovitz and Jada Pinkett Smith. CAA repped the deal. Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, made the announcement and said, "Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid," and added "We’re thrilled to have the two of them together on this project". Shyamalan also added, "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project." Will Smith's decision to take on the starring adult male role required him to step aside in producing and starring in the Hurricane Katrina drama The American Can, and offered the lead role to Denzel Washington instead. The shooting of the movie was also pushed back from September 2011 to January 2012.
On July 25, Will Smith visited Costa Rica accompanied by an entourage of about 20 people, including Shyamalan, to scout for locations to shoot the film. They stayed at the Tabacón Grand Spa and Thermal Resort. They visited sites like the Arenal Volcano, hot springs and a lake, and some beaches. The executive secretary of the Foundation Arenal Volcano, Diego Quesada, accompanied Smith on a walk by the volcano on Monday and said "...was a half hour. Talked with him and the director M. Night Shyamalan film The Sixth Sense. We were told that the park was very nice, I liked the view."
On September, Columbia committed to a June 7, 2013 release date for the movie. Shyamalan also scouted locations in Philadelphia. 50% of the filming was to take place at the new Sun Center Studios in Delaware County (Chester Township). Other locations would be in Costa Rica, Utah and Northern California. Shyamalan also visited Valley Forge Military Academy, known for the filming location for Taps, for research of the film then entitled "After Earth", as Jaden Smith would be playing a military cadet of the future.
The screenplay by Whitta and Shyamalan was later polished by Stephen Gaghan and Mark Boal. Principal photography for After Earth began in February 2012. Much of the filming took place in Costa Rica, Humboldt County, and Aston. After Earth was shot on Sony's CineAlta F65 camera, which was shipped in January 2012.
On April 19, Shyamalan announced that the release date has been moved a week early May 31, 2013.
On May 3, it was revealed that multi-talented Korean-American singer, Jay Park, will be participating in the official soundtrack of the film in Korea, with a song titled "I Like to Party". On May 5, a 30-second snippet of the song was released with a trailer.
Initial marketing for After Earth began online with an Internet marketing campaign on Facebook and Google+, including a teaser trailer. Alongside the Facebook marketing is a Web 2.0 site that lets people "scroll" through different images and paragraphs in a complex dynamic way. An image of Jaden's character in costume was released online on February 15, 2012. Later in the year, a theatrical teaser was released alongside a trailer for the competing Joseph Kosinski movie Oblivion. On March 12, 2013 a modified version of After Earth's theatrical teaser was released as the official trailer. wiki
Jaden Smith as Kitai Raige
Will Smith as Cypher Raige
Isabelle Fuhrman as Rayna
Kristofer Hivju as Security Chief
Gabriel Caste as Ranger
Zoë Isabella Kravitz as Senshi Raige
Sophie Okonedo as Faia Raige
David Denman as McQuarrie
Lincoln Lewis as Bo
Lauryn Smith as Laila (Uncredited)
Abhilash Chacko as Pilot5 (Uncredited)
Chris Geere as Navigator