m. night shyamalan career slump

Once, M. Night Shyamalan‘s name was synonymous with box office disappointment.

The horror director exploded on the scene with The Sixth Sense in 1999, and became known for his mind-blowing twist endings. He was on a roll for a while with Unbreakable and Signs, but then something happened. His movies began to get critically panned, and he became something of a has-been director — known for his cheap twists and shoddy plotting.

But Shyamalan has been quietly redeeming himself since then, most recently with the the surprise horror/thriller hit Split, through which Shyamalan is launching his own cinematic universe. In a candid interview about Split, Shyamalan revealed how he got out of that career slump and redeemed himself as a director.

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Split Honest Trailer

Though January is usually a dumping ground for movies that either aren’t good enough to be Oscar contenders or have no business coming out during spring and summer, director M. Night Shyamalan delivered quite a surprise to those who had given up on the man who brought us The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth.

Split returned M. Night Shyamalan to his roots in more ways than one with a thriller that was not only suspenseful and interesting, but it had one hell of a twist that absolutely no one saw coming. We won’t spoil what that is until after the jump though. You’ve been warned.

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split

It’s hard to talk around the spoilers, so if you’ve seen Split, please continue on. Learn how filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan convinced Walt Disney Pictures to allow him to do the much-talked about twist at the end of his new Universal distributed thriller Split, and what that might mean for the possible sequel now that the movie is a gigantic hit.

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unbreakable sequel

The more M. Night Shyamalan talks continuing David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) story, the happier we get. Just yesterday it was reported the writer-director completed his 11-page outline for his follow-up to Unbreakable. He’ll typically spend months and months on an outline, but now that his one for Unbreakable 2 is finished, he can begin writing his next movie.

Shyamalan isn’t revealing too many details about the film, but he recently teased an idea for the sequel and how he wants it to stand on its own. Below, the director discusses the Unbreakable sequel. (Spoilers for Split ahead.)

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Unbreakable sequel

Ten years ago, an Unbreakable sequel likely didn’t sound too realistic to fans of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan. Every once in a while, Shyamalan would mention the idea. But it’s only recently, after the huge success of Split, that another movie with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) sounded plausible. Now, the sequel is picking up more momentum, as Shyamalan has completed an 11-page outline for the film.

Below, get an update on the Unbreakable sequel. (Warning: spoilers for Split ahead.)

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m. night shyamalan sequel options

M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t shown too much interest in making sequels. (He had one in mind for The Last Airbender, but that didn’t pan out.) In the 18 years since the success of The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has been lucky enough to write and direct mostly original movies. If there’s one sequel we’d be happy to see him make, though, it’s an Unbreakable follow-up.

While the massive success of some of his earlier movies probably made some studio execs dream of sequels, they could never make one without Shyamalan’s blessing. Below, the director talks about some deals he was wise enough to make early on in his career. (Spoilers for the ending of Split ahead.)

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split twist

It seems like an awful lot of you watched Split over the weekend because the film is already a big hit. That means that an awful lot of you were able to experience the nuttiest twist in M. Night Shyamalan‘s career and one that you absolutely don’t want to know about until you experience it for yourself. So as we segue into the first proper paragraph about how this reveal was hiding in plain sight all along, consider this your one and only spoiler warning.

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/Filmcast Ep. 402 – Split

Split Trailer

DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s latest. In the After Dark, we talk about top 10 lists, the fate of Twitter, and the psychological toll of Twitter. Also, we’re launching a Slack experiment! If you want to join our Slack, go to slackfilmcast.com and sign up.

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M Night Shyamalan trilogy

UPDATE: Shyamalan has confirmed his plans to make a trilogy and we’ve added the new details below.

Now that some of you’ve seen Split this past weekend, we can now talk more openly about its third act and, more specifically, its fantastic ending. Are those last few minutes more than a wink and a nod? Will we see a payoff to Split‘s ending? If writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has his druthers, possibly.

Below, learn more about a possible M. Night Shyamalan trilogy (Split SPOILERS follow).

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split ending

It should come as no surprise that M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split features a big twist. It’s kind of his thing. Everyone, even his fans, has poked fun at his penchant for Big Shocking Reveals, some of which work as stunning reversals and some of which fall flat on their face. The twist in Split is a weird one – for every person who sees it and loses their goddamn mind, there will be someone who has no idea what the hell just happened.

In other words, it’s the kind of thing that demands to be discussed. Huge spoilers ahead. Seriously. If you haven’t seen Split yet, I’d suggest not reading on.

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