Next summer we'll get Oblivion and After Earth, both of which center on men (Tom Cruise and Will Smith, respectively) who return to Earth long after it has been abandoned by humanity. While their release dates are almost two months apart, both trailers were released within 48 hours, so they're practically begging to be compared and contrasted.
I'm not totally sold on either of these projects. There's no arguing with the riveting screen presence of both Cruise and Smith, but both filmmakers have track records that are more than a little spotty; while they can each shoot the hell out of a movie, at the end of the day a film is only as good as its story. Fortunately each has some serious scripting talent on board to counterbalance their uneven directors. Oblivion boasts a screenplay co-written by William Monahan, who gave us the incredible script for The Departed while After Earth lists Stephen Gaghan of Traffic and Syriana fame.
We'll see how it all plays out. While they could both prove to be disappointments, my money is on Oblivion as at least being the more interesting of the two. At the end of the day, at least we're getting more original sci-fi movies in theaters, which is always something to celebrate.