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Will Smith and son Jaden to star in sci-fi film

Jaden and Will Smith
Image caption The film will be produced by Jaden's parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith and his son Jaden, 12, are to star in a sci-fi film - their first big-screen appearance together since 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness.

It will feature a boy who tries to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes on an abandoned Earth, 1,000 years in the future.

M Night Shyamalan will direct and co-write the as-yet-untitled film.

The Sixth Sense director said making "a scary science-fiction film" with the pair was his "dream project".

Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith will co-produce, as they did on last year's Karate Kid remake in which Jaden appeared.

The Pursuit of Happyness, based on the memoir of stockbroker Chris Gardner, told of a down-and-out family man left by his wife to bring up his son.

Smith's portrayal of a salesman trying to prove himself in 1980s San Francisco earned him a best actor Oscar nomination in 2007.

Jaden, who played Gardner's son in the film, previously appeared in 2008 sci-fi remake The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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