The M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth is yet another chance for the director to prove he’s still got it. The film has an interesting premise involving a father and son (Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden) returning to Earth after humanity was forced to colonize another distant planet. With so many top Hollywood names attached to the post-apocalyptic film, After Earth could be a huge moneymaker for Sony, and now it will be arriving one week earlier, in May instead of June.
According to FirstShowing, Sony has announced that they will be moving After Earth’s release date of June 7th to May 31st. After the release of the Man of Steel trailer, it looks like Superman and Zack Snyder have the movie studio scared. Originally After Earth was supposed to open one week before Man of Steel’s June 14th release date, and now it looks like After Earth will be in a better position to make more money with a two-week lead in. After Earth will now open opposite the magician caper Now You See Me and the dystopian horror film The Purge.
After cataclysmic events, humanity has left Earth behind (sounds like the premise of Oblivion) for a more sustainable planet called Nova Prime. A thousand years later, a military recruit named Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father, army General Cypher Raige (Will Smith), crash-land on Earth after a disastrous collision with an asteroid. Abandoned and isolated in uncharted terrain, Kitai and Cypher must work together to survive a world inhabited by dangerous plant and animal life that has evolved in humanity’s absence.
Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) co-wrote the screenplay for After Earth, while M. Night Shyamalan (The Last Airbender, Unbreakable) co-wrote and directed the film. Will Smith and his producing partner and wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, produced the sci-fi film.
After Earth will (now) hit theaters everywhere on May 31st, in IMAX. You can watch After Earth’s latest trailer below: