Posted on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Last week, it was reported that M. Night Shyamalan is shopping his next screenplay around Hollywood, trying to find someone to produce his next directorial effort. At the time we knew very little about the untitled project, as that’s the way Shyamalan likes it. Apparently only a few studio execs have read the script, and in every case, Shyamalan’s assistant was in the room to supervise. Last we heard, Universal was interested in the project.
The cast is set to include The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable star Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper, who would play “a father on a desperate search for his missing child. It might stray into Taken terrain, but the father taps into some supernatural powers to aid the search.” It’s being described as Taken with supernatural powers.
It now looks like Bradley Cooper might not be in the film after all. Details after the jump.
Night tells Philly.com that Hangover 2 will likely prevent Cooper from being in his next film:
” ‘Hangover 2,’ ” lamented Shyamalan. “I don’t think Bradley can do it because of that.”
Night also says his ideal plan is to shoot the sequel between his two Airbender sequels. That might allow Cooper to still be in the film. Night admits that he’s become friends with the Philadelphia-born Cooper:
“Bradley is a Philly boy, we see each other a lot, and we’ve become friends.”
But of course, with horrible reviews, who knows if Night’s Airbender adaptation will make enough to warrant a sequel. The film made an estimated $16.35 million on its first day of release, with many expected it to make $40 million over the weekend.