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.