‘One Thousand A.E.’ Script Gets Stephen Gaghan Rewrite

M. Night Shyamalan will direct this sci-fi adventure starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith as a father-son duo who crash land on an abandoned Earth.

Will Smith's One Thousand A.E. gets Stephen Gaghan rewrite
Will Smith's One Thousand A.E. gets Stephen Gaghan rewrite
Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) has come aboard to rewrite One Thousand A.E. for Sony Pictures and director M. Night Shyamalan. We first reported on this project last October, when M. Night Shyamalan signed on to direct.

The story centers on a father-son duo, to be played by the actual father-son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith, who crash on Earth, one thousand years after humanity had abandoned the planet. The father is badly injured in the crash, and the son goes out in search of help on the now-dangerous planet.

Stephen Gaghan turned in his rewrite nearly a month ago, working from an original draft by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli). It is said Stephen Gaghan may stay on board for further rewrites. Production is scheduled to start in February.

Will Smith will also produce One Thousand A.E. alongside his Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

After Earth was released May 31st, 2013 and stars Jaden Smith, Will Smith, Sophie Okonedo, Zoë Kravitz, Glenn Morshower, Kristofer Hivju, Sacha Dhawan, Chris Geere. The film is directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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  1. Dan

    @Georgia-DiPirro :)

    @k-man I can agree with those sentiments. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are still good films to me (I like Unbreakable more than Sixth Sense, actually, when I think about it).

    As for Will Smith, his time has come and gone already. He's a relic of the 90's and early 00's.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. K-Man

    @dan1 - I've felt the same way about M. Night these past few years......he used to be amazing but has really hit the sh*ts with one epic disaster after another.
    However, I know what he CAN do (or COULD do, back in the day) so I always feel obligated to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Will Smith is a phenomenal actor in my book, but wastes his talent more than anyone else in the business. The guy can do basically anything he puts his mind to.....but continuously does these lame-ass flicks like Hitch, Hanc*ck or the Men in Black films (the first one was ok when it was first released.....but the second, not so much).
    Point being, he should be doing more serious, quality films that allow him to expand on his talent.....and I'm hoping that this film will possibly allow him to do that.

    I dont give two sh*ts about Will Smith's kids......but at least it's realistic when it comes to the relationship of the characters.

    In conclusion, I'm holding out hope for this. It has an actor that I love and a director that I would love to see get back to his roots of quality story telling and a genre that I'm obsessed with.

    Add it to the ever growing list of films to see in 2013, for me!

    3 years agoby @k-manFlag

  3. Georgia DiPirro

    BAM! I love the Verbal spears you chuck - right at the jugular @dan1

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  4. MovieManiac

    I haven't liked Will Smith or M. Night's movies for a while now and this probably will be no diffrent. Pass.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  5. Dan

    Hate M. Night these days, hate Will Smith these days, and meh towards his kids in all his movies. Epic pass.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag


    It may just be me but i don't think M.Night is that bad of a director, it's when he's also the screenwriter that things seem to go bad. But now that it's getting a rewrite it could be a movie to watch out for, fingers crossed.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. Jay.A.Ottley


    ^^^^ Agreed with all of those comments,but meh i guess were have to wait and see it

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  8. mb11

    M.Night better not f*ck this up!!!

    3 years agoby @mbrandon11Flag

  9. CUPID

    Movie sounds like sh*t but i'm not gonna judge too hard yet.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  10. m2

    I'll wait and see.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  11. Georgia DiPirro

    I like the Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, so it has a good base and I like the concept. I feel it is good to see a real father and son acting together.

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  12. WongFu

    Willing to watch it, enjoying it will be another thing. I like Will in small doses, but he and his son again is over the top.

    3 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  13. Black Jesus

    Sounds ok but I'm not too fond of the director -.-

    3 years agoby @black-jesusFlag

  14. Jokers_Wild_X

    Sounds like a bad kid friendly version of "I Am Legend"...

    3 years agoby @jokers-wild-xFlag

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