Category Archives: The Night Chronicles

Reincarnate upated plot

According to The Night Chronicles official website they have a new plot revealed about their new project Reincarnate which is the second chapter under the banner. It is an idea that comes from the mind of M.Night Shyamalan and directed by Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). The story is written for screen by Chris Sparling (Buried) and Playwright/Screenwriter Paul Grellong. The film is slated to shoot on 2011.

It is an interesting plot. Here you go: “While deciding the fate of an accused murderer… a jury is haunted by supernatural forces that hold the key to the case”.  Interesting, right? So, what you guys think about it?


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DEVIL Blu-ray and DVD

It seems like we are going to spend this Christmas with the DEVIL for you can get your hands on Blu-ray and DVD on December 21st. Devil is a story of five strangers trapped in a elevator and among them is the Devil. A story from the mind of M.Night Shyamalan, written for screen by Brian Nelson and directed by John Erick Dowdle.


– The Devil’s Meeting featurette
– The Story featurette
– The Night Chronicles featurette
– BD-Live features (Blu-ray only)
– Digital Copy (Blu-ray only)

Theatrical release dates: November 12th, the film opens in theatres in Spain. Nov 25th in Germany. Nov 26th in Brazil, Poland and Sweden. December 2nd in Australia. Belgium March 23rd and March 25th in Norway.


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DEVIL on Blu-ray & DVD

THE NIGHT CHRONICLES, supernatural thriller ‘Devil’ directed by John Erick Dowdle, written for screen by Brian Nelson and a story from the mind of M.Night Shyamalan is heading on its way to DVD/Blu-ray on December.

Video ETA reports you can expect the M.Night Shyamalan-produced film on December 21st. Devil was released in theatres on September 17th, 2010 and has grossed over $43M worldwide till date.

Check back soon for confirmation, cover art and a list of bonus content.


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Exclusive: M.Night Shyamalan Interview

Just few weeks back my cool friend “Patrick Samuel” the film editor from this new cool site known as “STATIC MASS EMPORIUM” had the chance to sit for an exclusive interview with the master of suspense, Academy Award nominated filmmaker, M.Night Shyamalan. He had the opportunity to meet Shyamalan at THE LAST AIRBENDER UK press conference where they talked about meeting some time later and since M.Night Shyamalan being true to his word, he called Patrick for a 40 minute interview where they talked about everything, from Unbreakable 2 to God and DEVIL. This is the first part of the interview where M.Night Shyamalan goes deep to discuss all things God and Devil.

Anyone who has looked at Night’s films, I mean really looked at them, will see a common theme which runs through them. The Sixth Sense (19990, Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010) all had it; the idea of people with remarkable hidden powers and the responsibilities which come with that power.

PATRICK: Is this theme continued in Devil?

NIGHT: Devil for me is that we choose to get on that elevator. By our lack of taking responsibility for things that happen to us in our lives. “Oh I lost that job”, “Screw that boss, he always had it in for me!” and not taking responsibility for whatever you can be responsible for in that matter. Ultimately, the people who end up in that elevator have not taken responsibility for themselves or the things that have happened to them in their lives. The good decisions, the bad decisions, they haven’t taken responsibility in total. When I realise that as a human being, I feel very free. Let’s say something bad happens to me and I go “I’m responsible for that. That person did something really bad to me, but I’m responsible for that”. Then thinking how was I responsible, if my demeanour was different this way, if I hadn’t done this, if I had reacted in a different way”. You feel very free. Thematically, that’s where Devil is coming from. Of course, on the surface everyone’s gonna see a really scary rollercoaster ride!

If you’ve seen the trailer and the clips of Devil, there certainly seems to be a menacing tone, a malevolent force at work against these people trapped in the elevator. Night seems to be addressing not only ideas about power, responsibility and the nature of evil, but also the existence of God.

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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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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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