- Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoë Kravitz, Sophie Okonedo, Kristofer Hivju, David Denman, Sacha Dhawan, Lincoln Lewis, Jaden Martin, Chris Geere, Faron Salisbury, Darrell Foster, Nick Grock, Gilbert Soto, Monika Jolly, Albert Valladares, Jon Douglas Rainey, Andrew W. Johnson, Corey Brown, Gabriel Caste, Antonio E. Moreno, Joe Farina, Shawn Gonzalez, Ryan Mitchell
- Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Writers: Stephen Gaghan, Gary Whitta, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Soccio
- Producers: James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett , Will Smith
- Co Producers: Ashwin Rajan, John Rusk
- Executive Producer: M. Night Shyamalan
- Art Directions: Robert W. Joseph, Naaman Marshall, Dean Wolcott
- Casting: Douglas Aibel
- Costume Design: Amy Westcott
- D.O.P.: Peter Suschitzky
- Editor: Steven Rosenblum
- Makeup: Judy Murdock
- Music: James Newton Howard
- Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders
- Set Decoration: Rosemary Brandenburg
One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai.
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Costa Rica; Pennsylvania, USA; Switzerland; Utah, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sci-fi action violence and some disturbing images
- Production Budget: $130 million
- Production Companies: Blinding Edge Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 6 February 2012 - May 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "If 2012 was the year of the duelling "Snow White" movies, 2013 is the year of the warring scorched Earth films and this time the differentiation isn't so clear cut. In March there's "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski's mystery-laden and mythology-heavy "Oblivion" starring Tom Cruise. In August comes "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp's political and ambitious class warfare tale "Elysium" with Matt Damon.
Sandwiched between those is this survival-oriented tale featuring Will Smith and his son Jaden. Set a millennium after humanity abandoned Earth, a legendary General is returning home from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family. His 13-year-old son is onboard as well when an asteroid storm damages his craft, forcing them down on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. With the dad incapacitated and slowly dying in the cockpit, the young teen must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon.
Shot primarily in Costa Rica earlier this year, Will Smith's name will certainly sell the film in international markets. However, Sony has two issues to deal with. On the one hand the story essentially puts Will in a supporting role with his son Jaden the main star. That's hardly a deal breaker though considering how well "The Karate Kid" remake performed around the world.
The real concern is that it's M. Night Shyamalan at the helm. Following a string of critical and commercial flops, Shyamalan's name is no longer a selling point - if anything it's a potential hindrance. Unlike most of his earlier films, Shyamalan isn't the sole writer on this project with both Stephen Gaghan and Gary Whitta performing re-writes. A just released trailer showcases some effective sci-fi touches and picturesque jungle vistas, but also some overly CG swarming packs of fossil record aberrations. Could go either way."