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Shyamalan’s next project announced

M.Night Shyamalan has not announced the next film he will be directing, but more words is beginning to leak out with regards to the next supernatural under his “Night Chronicles” banner. For those unaware, THE NIGHT CHRONICLES series will feature a selection of films that come from the mind of M.Night Shyamalan, like DEVIL, which hits theatres this weekend. The films under “Night Chronicles” aren’t directed by M.Night Shyamalan, though he is producing them, and, in most cases, he also came up with the original idea the film is bases on.

The second film under “The Night Chronicles’ is called “REINCARNATE”,  and according to Deadline, director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism) will direct off a script by Chris Sparling (Buried). “Reincarnate” will follow a group of people on a jury who are “haunted” by supernatural forces while deciding the fate of an accused murderer. The production will begin in 2011, and Media Rights Capital is producing with M.Night Shyamalan.

Check back soon for more coverage on “Reincarnate” here.  And, DEVIL hits theatres this friday September, 17th.  Are you excited?

 

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The Last Airbender DVD and Blu-ray Arrives November 16th

M.Night Shyamalan’s latest movie THE LAST AIRBENDER will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 16th, 2010.  The movie will be releases in three different versions. A Standard DVD version will be priced at $19.99 SRP, a single-disc Blu-ray will cost $24.99 SRP and a two-disc BD/DVD/DIGITAL COPY set will run for $29.99 SRP.  The movie stars Noah Ringer, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Shaun Toub and Cliff Curtis.

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.

Follow the link below to read about the special features.

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Exclusive: Interview with Dowdle brothers

Little is known about the film. Cameras quietly rolled late last year in Toronto and Universal originally had it pegged for a February 2011 release. A trailer, however, received a good response and a free slot opened up on the studio’s schedule earlier than expected. Now, Devil is expected to reign in theaters on September 17.

John and Drew Dowdle, the brothers behind 2008′s Quarantine and the still unreleased The Poughkeepsie Tapes (thanks to the once indecisive and now ailing MGM), sat down with Shock Till You Drop to talk with me about their time directing and producing Devil, a film they became attached to while developing The Coup.

We cover all of the bases, from script development to working with Shyamalan to the film’s PG-13 rating.

Shock Till You Drop: Did Shyamalan seek you guys out for this or did you vie for the job? He actually saw The Poughkeepsie Tapes and he loved it. But he wanted to know we could do something fun. So he saw Quarantine and the next day invited us out.

John Dowdle:

Drew Dowdle: Poughkeepsie was one of the first movies he watched in his new house with his wife who has a PHD in psychology. They both loved it and hated it and hated the fact that it was the first movie they watched in their new place. Either way, it affected them and from that one viewing, it got us a meeting.

Shock: It’s cool Poughkeepsie is a demo reel of sorts for you guys even though it’s still unreleased. 

Drew: Unreleased!

John: And it got us both the jobs for Quarantine and Devil, separately.

Shock: You would figure the go-to project is the one that was the studio picture that made money.
Drew: He did want to see Quarantine, but it was just a confirmation that we could do something with some mass appeal.

Shock: Devil is Shyamalan’s story, but Brian Nelson wrote the script, correct? Right, it was Night’s story. We read the synopsis and loved it. It was fun, Hitchcockian and a bit like The Twilight Zone.

John:

Drew: We loved the confined space. It was a ten-page treatment we read. And he had hired Brian before he hired us, so we talked to Brian about it. It was a challenging adaptation for sure. The story was great.

Shock: So you did have involvement in the script? Very much. .

Drew: We worked closely with Brian from the very first draft. It was a collaborative effort

Shock: Quarantine posed a particular challenge in that you were telling a story from a single camera and you needed to stick to that visual language. Devil seems to propose a new hurdle, tell a story in a confined space. Was that particularly difficult at times? .

John: One thing we learned from Quarantine is how difficult subjectivity is. If you’re in one place, moving through a space, that’s a powerful first-person thing. When you’re in this elevator in Devil, we tried to show one character and then what they were seeing and it places the audience in the elevator and it saved us from doing 500 shots in just this single elevator

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‘Unbreakable 2′ repurposed for ‘Night Chronicles’

MTV Movies recently had the chance to sit with Writer/Director/Producer M.Night Shyamalan where Shyamalan was again asked about the possibility of a sequel to his 2000 dark superhero film “Unbreakable”. Previously M.Night Shyamalan stated that he is looking for the right story for “Unbreakable 2″, yet we were not sure if M.Night Shyamalan was seriously considering a sequel to Unbreakable.

It’s a great news for all the fans out there because M.Night Shyamalan revealed that his “Unbreakable 2″ story will indeed hit the big screens, but as a completely different film.

“I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of the ‘Night Chronicles,’” revealed Shyamalan.

“It was such a cool idea for a villain, and it was actually originally in the script for ‘Unbreakable,’ and it was too much,” he said of his reasons for excising the element that was intended to become “Unbreakable 2.” “There were too many villains, so I pulled this villain out and was like, ‘I’ll make this the second flick.’”

However, as the filmmaker got caught up in other projects and “Unbreakable 2″ became less likely, the seed of that idea still managed to grow.

“I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ‘This could be a standalone movie,’” he said. “I’ll just say it: the third ‘Night Chronicles’ movie is what would have been the sequel [to ‘Unbreakable’]. So now I need to come up with a new idea.”

Shyamalan also semi-validated “Unbreakable” fans’ appreciation for the 2000 film, admitting that it’s also one of his own favorites.

“Literally, that’s the question I get asked the most anywhere around the world — if I’m making the sequel to ‘Unbreakable,’” he laughed. “I love that movie. ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘The Village’ are my favorite two movies of mine.”

What you guys think about a sequel to Unbreakable?

 

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M. Night Shyamalan Explains Origins Of ‘Devil’

M. Night Shyamalan is not letting the rather mixed reviews for “The Last Airbender” darken his easygoing spirit or dampen his creative verve. Late last month, as “Airbender” continued to rake in dough overseas, Shyamalan sat down with MTV News to chat about his upcoming “Devil,” which follows five strangers trapped in an elevator — one of whom just might be the Prince of Darkness.

The film is the first in his planned “Night Chronicles” trilogy, a series based on his original ideas and helmed by other directors, and Shyamalan seems to relish the idea of getting out of the director’s chair and into the role of producer, a job he likened to being the goalie on a hockey team.

As part of our Fall Movie Preview, Shyamalan talked amiably about the film’s genesis, how he’s openly borrowed from other directors throughout his career and why he has such a complicated relationship with the public and the press.

MTV: This is an M. Night Shyamalan film, but it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan-directed film. What does that mean?

M. Night Shyamalan: Well, it just means I have a bunch of stories, a lot of journals I wrote, a lot of movie ideas that I really thought I was going to direct, and then I get another idea and I fill another journal. And I just decided to make a few of them and get really exciting young filmmakers to come and challenge me and show me everything and get some camaraderie going. It’s so lonely making movies, dude. You sit in a room by yourself and do it, and I’ve always kind of dreamed of having like, you know, a group of friends and we all make movies and I say, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?” And they say, “That sucks! And this is why it sucks,” and I go, “Really? Because I thought it was fantastic!” And they have that thing and have different languages of storytellers.

So, basically, we started a series of movies called “The Night Chronicles,” and “Devil” is the first one. I hired John and Drew Dowdle, who absolutely killed it in this independent movie called “The Poughkeepsie Tapes,” which is an absolutely traumatic experience to watch. We watched it in our house, we had just moved into our new house, and I felt totally violated. I didn’t want to live there anymore, and I was like, “Who did this movie?” We saw their second movie, “Quarantine,” which was so much fun, and I was like, “I gotta meet these guys, these guys would be perfect for ‘Devil.’ ”

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A guide to the world of The Last Airbender

The folks at Coventry Telegraph just published an lengthy guide to M.Night Shyamlan’s THE LAST AIRBENDER – adapted from the Nickelodeon animated series – four nations represent the elements of air, water, earth and fire.

The Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others and a century passes with no end in sight to the destruction.

Then a boy called Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. He joins forces with a waterbender called Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) to restore balance to their wartorn world.

We have been sent a rather handy guide to the world presented in the film and, whether you’ve seen the movie or not, it’s interesting and informative enough to share with you here… read more about the world of The Last Airbender

FIRE NATION

Power sources
Firebenders draw their energy from a variety of sources and the size of the source determines how much fire can be manipulated by the art of bending. For instance, bending fire from a candle will not be as strong or powerful as bending from a forest fire. Experts benders such as Zuko and Uncle Iroh possess unique abilities to increase and even create fire. These powerful benders derive their energy from their inner chi – as well as the cosmos including the sun and comets.

The Fire Nation Navy
Commander Zhao is the leader of the powerful Fire Nation Navy. The armada of the Fire Nation is armed, equipped and vast – and can cover large distances quickly. The Navy is a good example of the Fire Nation’s industrial might and their approach is sometimes signalled by black ash falling from the sky.

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Daniel Stamm directing TWELVE STRANGERS?

The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm might be directing the next movie in The Night Chronicles series, Twelve Strangers, according to HeyUGuys.

The site was at a roundtable interview session with Daniel Stamm, where he revealed some information that falls in line with the format for The Night Chronicles series, where M. Night Shyamalan produces and comes up with an original premise for other writers and directors to take and make the film from. Here’s what he had to say:

“My next project is a supernatural thriller and it’s not going to be shot in documentary style…One of my favorite filmmakers in the world, who’s a legend, is producing it…an idea of his that another writer is writing and I’m going to direct. It has a twist in the ending, without giving away who it is.”

We reported back in June that Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling had been hired to write Twelve Strangers. The story revolves around twelve jurors who are deliberating a case that involves supernatural elements. The first movie in The Night Chronicles series, Devil, opens on September 17.

M. Night Shyamalan‘s name was brought up at the roundtable session, along with other filmmakers like Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan and David Lynch, when the journalists were asked to guess which filmmaker he would be working with. While Daniel Stamm did say that one of those guesses was correct, he would not confirm which one it was.

We will keep you guys updated with more news regarding  TWELVE STRANGERS.  Twelve Strangers come to theatres 2012.

 

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