M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film has a new title and a 2015 release date. Produced as a self-funded indie, Shyamalan’s new picture was originally called Sundowning, but has now been given the title The Visit. He’s partnered with Blumhouse Productions, and through the Blumhouse connection with Universal set that studio as the distribution home for the story of dark family dealings. Universal has set a September 2015 release date for the film, which stars Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Bad Words) and Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Read More »
When a show features a slow push in towards a sign bearing a town’s folky name, especially if the setting appears to be the US Pacific Northwest, there’s no way to avoid comparisons to Twin Peaks. And when the show in question also features a lot of rustic wood interiors, quirky characters, and a federal agent arriving in town on an official errand, well, then you’re almost in SNL parody territory. But here’s the trailer for the new M. Night Shyamalan show Wayward Pines. It features all those elements, and looks to all the world like Shyamalan is just producing his own personal Twin Peaks… at least until it also starts looking a lot like The Prisoner. Read More »
Sundowning is M. Night Shyamalan‘s return to the genre that made him a household name: the psychological thriller. The director has been filming in his home state of Pennsylvania for a few weeks and documenting the experience on Twitter. Now, a few more details about the film have been revealed. Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Bad Words) and Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) play a mother and son in the film. Previous reports of Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington appearing are apparently false. Read More »
After some big budget missteps, M. Night Shyamalan is dialing things back for his next movie. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director is currently filming a small film called Sundowning, which reportedly only has a cast and crew of 10. Read More »
M. Night Shyamalan broke out big with The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis, and the two worked together on the follow-up Unbreakable. Now they’re back together once more for a film called Labor of Love. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s no two ways about it: M. Night Shyamalan has whiffed in his last several attempts to make movies. Lady in the Water and The Happening were widely panned, The Last Airbender somehow fared even worse, and After Earth managed to disappoint even with the low, low expectations surrounding it. (To be fair, the blame does not rest entirely on Shyamalan’s shoulders with that one.)
But hey, there’s always the chance he’ll fare better on TV. Later this year, Shyamalan is set to debut his first TV series, a “Twin Peaks-y” Fox thriller titled Wayward Pines. And it looks worth a peek, if only for its solid cast. Matt Dillon leads, and Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard, and Juliette Lewis also star. Get the first look after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you were to ask most people why The Last Airbender got so much hate, they’d probably respond with another question: “Where to begin?” Viewers slammed the live-action fantasy for its muddy visuals, its wooden acting, its incoherent plot, its stilted dialogue… and let’s not even get into the whitewashing controversy that surrounded the casting.
If you asked director M. Night Shyamalan, however, he’d have a very different reply. In an old interview, the filmmaker complains that critics just don’t “get” him and his “European sensibility.” Hit the jump to watch his explanation.
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Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
M. Night Shyamalan‘s career was originally built on his ability to surprise the audience, and his latest release may be his most unexpected yet. Yes, it’s something even more out-there than a ’90s teen romcom.
Shyamalan has written a new book about public education reform, titled I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap. Although it seems an unlikely subject for the Sixth Sense director to tackle, his interest in it stems from an experience he had as a filmmaker. More on how the book came to be after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
The marketing for After Earth featured plenty of eye-popping scenes, but one of the most curious aspects of the campaign had to do with what the studio chose not to show: director M. Night Shyamalan‘s name. No doubt that was thanks to his declining cachet in the pop culture landscape. Fairly or not, he’s gone from rising star to laughingstock over the past fifteen years.
But that wasn’t Shyamalan’s first time flying under the radar. Diehard fans may know that The Sixth Sense wasn’t the only movie Shyamalan had out in 1999 — he had written the script for Stuart Little, which hit the same year. Even fewer probably realize that he was also behind one of the most popular teen romcoms of all time. Hit the jump to find out which one.
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A Will Smith movie without charisma is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie without a twist. It sounds interesting or different going in, but this one ultimately doesn’t deliver.
Much as Shyamalan made his career on surprise twists, Smith made himself the biggest star in the world by focusing his talent and charm. Over his last few movies, the director has begun to move away from the “twist” hallmark, and with the pair’s first collaboration, After Earth, Smith also forgoes his calling card. The actor’s undeniable charm and screen presence have been completely excised from his portrayal of a cold, fearless military leader. Without that personality to fall back on Smith’s character becomes a personification of the movie: far from captivating and only somewhat watchable.
After Earth begins with a promising story idea — Smith’s character is on a life or death mission with his son — but ends up hollow and disjointed, with questionable choices made all around. It’s a good nugget of a premise that never feels truly developed. Read More »