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M. Night Shyamalan to direct Will Smith in a sci-fi film? What? Yes! And what will the twist be?

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I see… an awesome piece of news. Over on our Inside Movies blog is an item that might just make your mood rings transform into the color for “ecstatic”: The embattled M. Night Shyamalan is directing a sci-fi film set 1,000 years in the future starring Will and Jaden Smith about a boy who “navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.” There’s only one thing to say to that: Cheese and Crackers! Now, Shyamalan and I have a complicated relationship. I loved The Sixth Sense, was intrigued by Unbreakable, and petrified by Signs. But I was also befuddled by The Village, bored by Lady in the Water, and, like former EW writer Aly Semigran, gravely upset that Devil, the devil-in-the-elevator movie Shyamalan exec produced, was not called Devilvator.

And then into my life came The Happening, a truly horribly awesome film that I have already declared my love for on PopWatch. (It. Has. Everything. Terrible acting, hilarious deaths, and this honest-to-goodness line of dialogue: “Ain’t no time two people staring at each other, or standing still, loving both with their eyes are equal.”) So even though I constantly waffle between loving, hating, and loving how much I hate Shyamalan’s work, I actually have high hopes that this film could be his comeback. And not just because it still will inevitably become the subject of a drinking game in my apartment, like all Shyamalan films.

No, instead, I think it’s plenty smart for the director to return to his tradition of teaming up with a movie star for his latest piece of work – and one who has proven he can make bank. And that’s just Karate Kid Jaden we’re talking about! Adding super A-list star Will Smith into the cast means you’ve got a guaranteed hit on your hands, and one that stars the man that can make anything look good. (Exhibit A: This outfit.) So while many might be wringing their hands at the thought of laughing at another M. Night Shyamalan trailer in the theaters, a sci-fi film from the director and Will Smith has me saying: What? Yes!

Of course, we have another important matter to discuss. What will the patented M. Night Shyamalan twist be in his upcoming film? Vote in the poll below!

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*Thank you, Troy McClure, for that one
**They were just there to use the bathroom.

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Originally posted April 4 2011 — 5:57 PM EDT

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