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Will Smith joins Jade Smith in Shyamalan’s untitled film

EXCLUSIVE:  Last year we reported that M.Night Shyamalan will be directing a project based on a script by Gary Whitta ( Book Of Eli) and Jaden Smith will be starring and Will Smith only attached to produce, but folks from Deadline has obtained palatable news regarding Shyamalan’s next project. The film has lost its title, ONE THOUSAND A.E. currently it is an untitled project written by M.Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta. The film is not only starring Jaden Smith, but Will Smith as well. Shyamalan will be directing.

The story takes place far in the future where a young boy has to navigate an abandoned planet on a space ship that has crashed. On board is his estranged father.

Doug Belgrad who is the president at Columbia Picture announced this exciting news and he went on saying that ‘Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn’t be more excited working with Jaden after our experience in PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS and THE KARATE KID. ” And Shyamalan added, “the chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project.

We wish the team a best of luck and we will be looking forward to do our coverage on it and see the film on the big screen.

 

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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.

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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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Shyamalan ‘not just about gimmicks’

Jackson Rathbone has said that there is more to M. Night Shyamalan’s work than plot turns and gimmicks

Rathbone told Digital Spy that his Last Airbender director, whose early films The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable featured twist endings, was “amazing” to work with.

“People say he does twists in all his movies but where really was the twist in Signs?” he said. “It’s kind of hard to say that there’s a gimmick to his work, it’s not that, he tells a story so compelling that you’re on the edge of your seat all the way through the film.”

On Shyamalan’s approach to The Last Airbender, which is based on the popular Nickelodeon children’s TV show, Rathbone said: “What he was able to put into the live-action adaptation was a condensed version of the animated series. It was fun, it was amazing to get to work with a director of Night’s calibre, someone we’ve respected and admired for years now. We’re waiting for his next film to get out and see what he was going to do next.”

 

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I had second thoughts about starring in The Last Airbender: Dev Patel

 Dev Patel has admitted that he had his concerns about starring in action fantasy film ‘The Last Airbender’.

The Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan has a taken Dev in his latest movie after seeing him in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire – but the 20-year-old British actor revealed to the Radio Times he had his doubts after reading the script.

“I read the entire script and I had my concerns – I was like [wince] I”m not too sure if I really wanna be doing this. I wasn”t blown away,” the Mirror quoted him as saying.

But then he spoke to Shyamalan on the phone and was impressed by “his vision”.

Now Dev insists the negative criticism of the film is inspiring to him.

“Actually the negative criticism really drives me in a way [he points out he didn”t get good reviews for his role in Skins]. And if I had got amazing reviews for Skins, I don”t know if I would have worked as hard on Slumdog, to get the awards I did. But then there was too much praise after Slumdog. So to come off Airbender and for the film to be critically smashed like it is now, is great,” he added.

 

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Dev Patel defends ‘bender’ phrasing

Dev Patel has defended the use of the term “bender” in The Last Airbender.

The film, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is about a boy who can control the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water. In the movie, the boy is referred to as a “bender” and in one scene, his aunt says: “I knew from the first time I discovered that you were a bender that this would be your destiny.”

Patel, who plays a young prince, said of the term: “When I came onto the movie, I was like, ‘Really’? Benders?’”

Asked why he did not inform the director of the British slang connotation of the word, he told The Times: “It was too integral to the movie. We couldn’t call them fire or air manipulators. It would have been moving too far from the source material.”

The Last Airbender hits the theatres on August 13 in UK.

Source: www.digitalspy.com

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2010 in M.Night Shyamalan

 

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