M Night Shyamalan directing The Visit

While The Visit stopped short of restoring M. Night Shyamalan to his Sixth Sense heyday, it was, at least, a step in the right direction for the once-hyped filmmaker. It earned him his strongest reviews in years, and (thanks to its $5 million budget) turned a tidy profit for studio Universal.

Whether he’ll keep that momentum going with his next film remains to be seen, but at least now we know when we’ll find out. Universal has just set a 2017 release date for his upcoming project with James McAvoy, now titled Split. More on the Shyamalan 2017 release date after the jump.  Read More »


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James McAvoy in Trance

Having delivered his best movie in a decade and a half with The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan has started assembling the pieces for his next film. And he’s already landed a promising name. James McAvoy is in talks for the supernatural thriller, which is being produced by Jason Blum. Read about the James McAvoy M Night Shyamalan project after the jump.  Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 333 – The Visit

The Visit

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, The Visit. Also, David and Jeff share their love of Episodes and Jeff delves into the trials and tribulations of an actor in Hollywood. Be sure to read up on how M. Night’s films mirror his career.

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The Visit trailer

I was skeptical but hopeful when I first heard about M. Night Shyamalan’s new low-budget found-footage film, The Visit. With The Happening, After Earth, and The Last Airbender, Shyamalan has demonstrated not only a decline in his ability to draw big box office, but also an inability to write or direct basic scenes competently.

But with The Visit, Shyamalan not only proves he still he has the skills to thrill us — he also knows how to mine absurd and horrifying situations for humor and humanity. Watch my full video review of the film after the break.
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Joaquin Phoenix M. Night Shyamalan

It’s been a good year so far for M. Night Shyamalan, or at least a much better year than the last few. His TV series Wayward Pines had a solid audience, and his new film The Visit has drawn rave reviews as it has been previewed throughout the summer. Now it looks like the writer/director will do a new project with Jason Blum, who produced The Visit.

And the film will likely star Joaquin Phoenix, who was one of the leads of Shyamalan’s 2002 film Signs, and the 2004 follow-up The Village. What little we know about the new Joaquin Phoenix M. Night Shyamalan project is below. Read More »

wayward pines season 2

I love how modern television is giving us season-long mini-series, which allow for a richer story than allowed in the time restraints of the big screen, but also create full story arcs that don’t suffer from the seasonal strain of normal television. One of the latest in this genre is Wayward Pines, the M. Night Shyamalan-produced series based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch.

The ten-episode limited series ran on Fox from May 14th to July 23rd 2015. But while the series has officially come to an end, M. Night Shyamalan and author Blake Crouch have an idea for a possible Wayward Pines season 2. But doesn’t this completely defeat the purpose of the limited television series premise? Will a second season happen?

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Wayward Pines season two

Is anyone out there watching M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge‘s TV series Wayward Pines on Fox? The series debuted about two years after it was picked up by the network, and while it didn’t do so well when it premiered up against the season finales of The Blacklist and Scandal, it’s actually found a decent audience since then.

But while the live numbers weren’t anything to write home about, Wayward Pines gained a record percentage DVR lift of 90% for a 1.9 rating, which isn’t bad at all. In the weeks since, it’s actually gained a consistent viewership (especially after DVR numbers come in), but that could get shaken up if the show may get a second season with a whole new cast.

Find out more about Wayward Pines season two after the jump! Read More »

unbreakable tv show

Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but his films do get people talking. Five years after the much-reviled The Last Airbender and 15 years after the much-loved Unbreakable, he’s still fielding questions about both.

While on the press tour for his latest endeavor, the actually pretty well-reviewed Wayward Pines, Shyamalan offered his latest defense of The Last Airbender, and floated the idea of an Unbreakable TV show sequel. Read the M Night Shyamalan Last Airbender and Unbreakable comments after the jump.  Read More »