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Stephen Gaghan Rewrote M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘A.E.’; Roland Emmerich’s ‘Singluarity’ Getting Script Polishes

Written by on November 10, 2011 

The idea of an M. Night Shyamalan-directed sci-fi movie that stars Will and Jaden Smith is, to put it bluntly, not the best one. This should be obvious enough, to the point where I don’t feel like I need to go into great detail on it, but that isn’t to say all hope is lost — Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta — a smart guy who can have fun with genre — has written the screenplay, most importantly meaning Shyamalan‘s creative voice might not strangle every single step of the process.

Now, Variety reports that Syriana and Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan has done a rewrite on the script for Sony. And, although his draft was submitted about a month ago, he might stick around to fix any small issues before the film goes before cameras in February. I got a good chuckle from the mention that the director “rewrote the screenplay to fit his needs,” but Gaghan was then “tasked with getting the script in shooting shape.” Cause and effect, ladies and gentlemen.

Whitta‘s script (and, I assume, every subsequent version) follows “a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet.” This leaves “the elder Smith badly injured, and it’s up to the boy to find help in what is now a strange and dangerous place.”

A.E. opens on June 7th, 2013. Expect a tweest!

Sony is getting started on another rewrite, as Variety also tells us that Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, and Ray Kurzweil are working on revisions for the director’s next film, Singularity. The lattermost of those names isn’t someone we’d traditionally call a screenwriter — he’s better known as a voice in the scientific community, having coined the phrase the movie takes its title from. (Singularity is “the notion that artificial intelligence will surpass our own.”) This is a little different from many rewrites we end up hearing about, since the proposed release date of May 17th, 2013 won’t be affected. This is, mind you, with production still getting pushed back from a March start to one in late spring or early summer.

Co-writer Kloser offered the following quote on the decision:

“Roland has been traveling the world promoting ‘Anonymous‘ so it was a little bit of a mistake to think he could dive in to his next project without taking a breath. With Roland traveling, we had trouble sitting down with Ray, but we finally met and liked each other. It’s a very fortunate development. He’s the eminent authority on singularity so he’ll be a great asset to have on the team.”

Not to be snarky, but Emmerich‘s films have never been noted for the quality of their screenplays — some of them feel as if they were written on a bar napkin — which makes this course of action surprising. The story at least sounds a little less kitschy than his other work; it centers on “a nanotechnology pioneer who uses a dangerous new procedure to save his badly injured son, Adam, whose consciousness is transferred into a swarm of nanobots that take his physical form, giving him all sorts of powers.” Soon, our hero “ends up on the run from an evil corporation that developed the technology.” (He’s called Adam because –)

Actors — including Luke Grimes, Logan Marshall Green, Thomas McDonnell, and Ben Barnes — were getting ready to perform reads, but those have been put off in favor of polishing things up. But, with a release date being held in place, they might not be out of contention on this one. Hopefully one of them ends up being cast in a project that’s worth prior script work.

Are you more interested in A.E., knowing that Gaghan had some hand in the process? Do rewrites on Singularity give it more promise?

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