Category Archives: M.Night Shyamalan Films

M.Night Films Mini-site is active

I have to apologize to everyone for leaving behind this mini site like that. I haven’t been able to actually spend time and keep it updated. It seems like now I have some free time on my hand and I will be updating the site from time to time. I want you all to know that besides keeping this mini site up to date, I have assignments to commit to. I am currently working on my second screenplay and also in the process of finding an agent to help me sell my first screenplay. I also write for and you can see my posts at the site.

It’s a busy life and I like to keep  it busy. And, it seems like M.Night Shyamalan is busy as well. He’s working on a screenplay with Jaden Smith (Karate Kid). It is a sci-fi film, One Thousand A.E. set in future according to Jaden. We have no clue whatsoever regarding the plot, but make sure to keep visiting this site, and our own official page at facebook for updates.



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Exclusive: Night’s next project is ‘One Thousand A.E.’

M. Night Shyamalan is in town this week, working on putting together his next directorial effort which will see him working with Will Smith.

But it won’t be the secret untitled project he shopped around in June. That script, which came with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow loosely attached, never found a buyer and was quietly shelved.

That’s not to say Shyamalan has lost his love for secrecy — sources are saying Shyamalan is developing an ultra clandestine sci-fi project titled One Thousand A. E., being developed at Overbrook, the production company Smith runs with James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jada Pinkett Smith. And unlike most of Shyamalan’s oeuvre, to which his most recent film The Last Airbender is an exception, A.E. is not written by Shyamalan.

That honor goes to Gary Whitta, who wrote The Book of Eli and Undying, his in-development Kurt Russell project.

Plot details are under lock and key although it is known that A.E. is being developed as a vehicle for Jaden Smith. There is a starring role for an adult male, although sources said Will Smith is not taking it on.

A.E. has no studio home yet although Overbrook has a first-look deal with Sony, which will likely be its home.

Source: HollywoodReporter


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Box Office: Devil hits bulls eye

It seems like THE NIGHT CHRONICLES first thriller “Devil” directed by John Erick Dowdle hit the bulls eye. Many laughed at M.Night Shyamalan’s name when the trailer for the Devil hit the theatres this past summer. The idea behind the film comes from the mind of M.Night Shyamalan and it’s written for screen by Brian Nelson. Devil is about a group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them.

Devil’s production budget was $10M, the film hit the screens on September 17th, 2010 and it earned back it’s production budget on the first weekend by bringing over $12M domestically. It was ranked #3 at the box office behind ‘The Town’ and ‘Easy A’. Devil was playing at 2,809 venues at that time and currently the film has earned $30M in domestic office.

After few weeks the film opened worldwide in 2,811 venues and it’s currently sitting at $11M in overseas box office which totals the film’s worldwide earnings over $40M worldwide. Devil is currently playing in theatres all over North America and it’s going to be released on October 27th in France and Finland, yet that’s not it. The film is going to be released in Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Hungary on November 2010. Australia on December 2, 2010 and March 2011 in Belgium and Norway. Check back soon for the latest update on Devil’s box office reports.


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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.


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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