Director M. Night Shyamalan has confirmed on Twitter that he will be reuniting with composer James Newton Howard on his next feature After Earth. The sci-fi movie stars Will and Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after mankind has abandoned the planet. The crash leaves the father badly injured and the son must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) have written the screenplay with Shyamalan. The director is also producing with Smith, James Lassiter (I Am Legend, The Karate Kid) and Caleeb Pinkett for Overbrook Entertainment. Shyamalan has previously collaborated with Newton Howard on his last seven films, including The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village and The Last Airbender. After Earth is scheduled to be released on June 7, 2013 by Sony Pictures.
Newton Howard’s other upcoming projects include Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy, for which a soundtrack album has already been announced. The composer’s music can currently be heard in theaters in the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman.