Not too long ago, news of a new M. night Shyamalan film would have been greeted with little more than a derisive snort. Once Hollywood’s golden boy, thrilling audiences with his signature use of plot twists (or Shyamalan switcheroos, as nobody called them but us), Shyamalan’s career was almost ended by a series of excruciating turds. In recent years he’s been clawing back some of that reputation, putting out arresting thrillers like his most recent effort Split. Yesterday it was reported that he has finished his 11-page outline for a follow-up to Unbreakable, his masterpiece from the year 2000, back when the name Shyamalan meant Sixth senses rather than Happenings. (more…)
Don’t call it a comeback. M. Night Shyamalan has been here for years. And despite one critical and commercial disappointment after another (The Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth), it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. (more…)
If someone ever builds a theme park based on Hollywood, then the biggest, craziest roller coaster will clearly be called the M. Night Shyamarang. The amount of ups and downs with this guy is unbelievable – and not just overall in his career, it seems like from day to day, you just never know what you’re going to get with him. And does anyone actually know what the “M” stands for anyhow? (more…)
In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree. (more…)
If you were forced, coerced or otherwise tricked into seeing the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie over the weekend (After Earth, and I swear if any of you sound-off on how it wasn’t a completely terrible movie I will come at you with everything I’ve got,) come and sit at a place of happiness. Sooth your tortured soul with the Honest Trailer treatment doled out onto M. Night’s inexplicably bad adaption of The Last Airbender. Didn’t see the movie? Then point and laugh kids, sure making fun of it is low hanging fruit, but it’s still tasty.
Back in the year 2000 if you wanted to make a compelling Hollywood blockbuster with a clever “twist” you hired M. Night Shyamalan. Known for toying with expectations his film, Unbreakable, released that same year and cemented his position as the guy everyone wanted. Several years and several misfires later, Shyamalan is back and possibly looking to make a sequel to one of his first major successes.
His latest effort with the father/son duo of Will and Jaden Smith in After Earth all wrapped up the director recently brought up the notion of Unbreakable 2. Every couple of years the long awaited sequel has resurfaced, but it’s never been more than a rumor. Now, in an interview with MTV, Shyamalan said Unbreakable 2 is in “his agenda”, adding,
As long as it can be connected to something that I’m feeling right now, then I’ll work for me.
As someone who actually enjoys his earlier work this is a project M. Night can and should develop in the next few years. Even with the almost fourteen year gap the announcement of casting Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, should it ever happen, to a sequel would procure my ticket. The original Unbreakable itself even left open the option for a sequel, maybe it’s time for David Dunn and arch-villain Elijah Price to make their respective return? What do you think?
The newest M. Night Shyamalan flick, After Earth, is getting ready to hit theaters this summer. Starring Will Smith and his actor son, Jaden Smith as the main two characters, After Earth is a classic space-man vs. wild story. The father and son duo end up stranded on the future version of Earth, about 1000 years past the point of human migration away from the damaged rock. Now, the planet has gone feral and they must figure out a way to survive and escape.
The second trailer for After Earth has just been released and you can check it out below:
The basic plot synopsis is as follows:
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
One of the big question marks amongst next summer’s movies is the M. Night Shyamalan directed After Earth, and the question is which Shyamalan will show up, the one that made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable or the one that made Lady in the Water and The Last Airbender?
Now After Earth does have some things going for it off the top. First is that Shyamalan got help on the screenplay from the likes of Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) and Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), and secondly you’ve got the real-life father/son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith headlining the film. The look of the film in the below trailer seems pretty epic, and I like the idea that post-apocalyptic Earth evolves to seemingly hate humans, so hopefully this is Shyamalan’s comeback, or at least not a total fuster cluck.
Like many viewers of SyFy Channel, I’ve become exceedingly disappointed in the stations programming. Instead of renewing fan favorite shows (like Eureka) or replacing them with new quality series, the network sells itself out for reality-type shows and horribly bad mutant-animal movies. I want some good ole’ thought provoking Science Fiction. I don’t want ghost hunting, wrestling, or game shows. Especially the latter. I mean seriously, was Black Out really necessary? I could’ve gone my whole life with out seeing Steve Erkel (Jamal White) force people to sniff butt in the dark for competition. (refering to the show Black Out) Though, that gay dude saying “I know that smell” was rather hilarious. But I digress…
There’s certainly a lack of quality content on SyFy and I’m just about fed up with it. Of course, just when I think the network couldn’t be any more dumber, they go and do something like this… and totally redeem themselves! There’s not one, but two developments worth a slow clap. Well, one really.
The first exciting announcement (via Deadline Hollywood) is that of Pushing Daisies‘ Bryan Fullers adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young-adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves. In High Moon, the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources—but when a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts.
While I am unfamilar with The Lotus Caves, I do know of Bryan Fuller. He’s such a quirky and wildly imagimative director. His shows Pushing Daises and Dead Like Me were so avant-garde. With his name on this project… I’m sold!
The other announcment today (via THR) may not be as promising. Director M. Night Shamalamadingdong (*Shyamalan) will possibly direct a new television project for Syfy, titled Proof.Proof is about a man who, after losing his parents in an accident, offers a reward to anyone who has proof of life after death.
OK, so this guy has made nothing but utter shit for the past 10 years. With Airbender being the last straw. But, it’s up to him to make an upswing. And he can do it! He’s certainly capable. After all, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were damn fine movies. I for one, am willing to give him a shot at redemtption (for the 6th time).
The shocking thing is seeing some actual scifi being developed for SyFy. Amerite?
M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith and Jaden Smith may not have been at Comic Con, but that actually hasn’t stopped their new film After Earth from making some news. A new viral video has been posted by Coming Soon which outlines the background of the film; a kind of pseudo-history of the last 100 years (not to mention the next thousand). Let’s role the videotape:
For a minute there it seems like Shyamalan is revisiting some of the same thematic ground as the much loved* The Happening. Of course, that’s all background and what really matters is the actual content of the film, none of which we have yet to see.
But until then, here’s the video from the SDCC panel featuring screenwriter Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and director of photography Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back) courtesy of Trailer Addict:
In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.