Sunday, July 15, 2012

AFTER EARTH (Update, Novelization)


As Sony Pictures begins to create buzz for the M Night Shyamalan-directed Will and Jaden Smith-starrer After Earth, the studio has a number of other initiatives, to increase and spark awareness for the film, Deadline reports.

Will Smith on set
Overbrook Entertainment, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, The Random House Publishing Group and Ebury Publishing has set plans to create a broad line of publishing products, digital shorts, novels and so forth, based on the film and the universe that was created from the script by Gary Whitta and Shyamalan, based on a story by Will Smith.

After Earth is set 1000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). 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

This will mark the second time this father and son duo will team up since After Earth.

The publishing and digital shorts program will encompass two novels and multiple shorts, along with a single-issue comic, After Earth: Innocence, which Random House publishes in October in partnership with Dynamite Entertainment.

Will Smith and Jaden Smith on set
The comic is a prequel that introduces Cypher and Kitai Raige (played by Will and Jaden Smith in the After Earth film), and helps establish the world by covering such incidents as mankind’s exodus from Earth and arrival on Nova Prime, as well as the first contact with a deadly alien species. Beni R. Lobel is providing artwork for an exclusive edition of the comic with an alternate cover by artist Jae which has been released at Comic-Con.

There will also be a prequel novel and an official novelization, as well as a series of digital shorts telling stories set in the world of After Earth. Each short will be available on all major e-reading platforms. The novels, comic and digital shorts will be penned by writers including bestselling authors Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and Robert Greenberger.

Jaden in a After Earth Suit
“We believe this is a unique opportunity to bring a franchise to life across different platforms over a period of time, which our partners at Random House have wholeheartedly embraced,” said Gaetano Mastropasqua, Head of Franchise Development at Overbrook. “We have created over 1000 years of mythology and family heritage that contribute to the foundation of this new world. Through these platforms both our core fan-base, and those just being introduced to the franchise, are able to explore the After Earth universe in depth. Random House is uniquely positioned to help us bring this to life using both their publishing and digital platforms.”

“We’re excited about this great opportunity to work not only with the team at Dynamite and our counterparts at Ebury, but also directly with the creative team at Overbrook,” said Keith Clayton, associate publisher of Del Rey Books. “It’s important to us that the stories we’re helping to shape are in line with the team’s larger vision for the world of After Earth. The level of collaboration has been exceptional.”

It would seem that they are very determined to have After Earth become an establish franchise, hopefully with ongoing sequel films. If that doesn’t pan out, then the franchise will still be able to grow through its novelization.

I must admit this film had my curiosity… but now it has my attention! (LoL yep im quoting Leo DiCaprio from DJango Unchained, Will Smith should have done that film man!!) 

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