Shyamalan eyeing Jaden Smith for sci-fi project “One Thousand A.E.”

By Sean O’Connell Everything Will Smith touches turns to gold. Lately, everything M. Night Shyamalan touches falls short of expectations. So if the two ever were to work together, something would have to give. Right?

We might find out, as sources are telling the Hollywood Reporter that the “Happening” director is setting up a project at Smith’s Overbrook production company.

The film is “One Thousand A.E.,” a science-fiction project based on a script by Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli”). Shyamalan would direct, but the film would star Smith’s son, Jaden … himself a major star after a winning turn in last summer’s “Karate Kid” remake.

That brings up a few interesting questions about two future projects. If Jaden is entering into “A.E.” with Shyamalan, does it delay the “Karate Kid” sequel Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff have been tapped to write? And does this mean Shyamalan will not be moving ahead with a second “Last Airbender” film?

Currently, THR states “A.E.” has no studio home, though Smith’s Overbrook has a first-look deal with Sony, so there’s a very good chance the project could go there if it ever moves past this developmental stage.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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