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New 'After Earth' Clip and Is Richard Branson Funding a Sequel?

The end of May looks to be a crowded one in terms of new releases. There's The Hangover Part III, Now You See Me and, yes, another sci-fi flick with After Earth.

This may not be a one-time trip for Will Smith and son as Smith's Overbrook Entertainment and Richard Branson's Virgin Produced have inked a production deal that includes the option to make a second After Earth movie. That decision will be made following the opening weekend box office. Should After Earth perform well, expect the wheels to being rolling toward a sequel in the near future.

Meanwhile, we're getting more looks at the first After Earth. In the new clip below, Will lays out the dire situation to his son Jaden by essentially telling him that they need to retrieve a beacon or they are going to die. Granted, out of context, it's not all that captivating and buzz for this film has been an uphill struggle. The film opens May 31.

Marketing for the movie has squarely been focused on Will Smith with the writer/director M. Night Shyamalan being left off posters, trailer and pretty much any other form of advertising. It's an interesting strategy to leave the guy who once made crowd favorites like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable out of the marketing strategy. Then again, Shyamalan's recent films have become somewhat of a punchline to a once promising career.

That go us thinking; are you aware that After Earth is an M. Night Shyamalan movie? If so, does his involvement in the film make you more or less interested in seeing the movie? Vote in our polls below and sound off with your thoughts about the movie as well as a potential sequel to the film.

 

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