It’s been 17 years since M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable quietly began building a cult following. The under the radar superhero movie is a classic look at the origins of both the hero and the villain with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson delivering stellar performances as David Dunn and Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. Shyamalan did it again with James McAvoy in Split which connects with Unbreakable… opps… spoiler warning. You can check out Shyamalan’s twitter announcement below. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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?
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?
There comes a point where a once brilliant director and writer cannot maintain his same level of greatness across his movies, and the suitable thing for them to do is move on to do something else entirely. But, there are some directors that insist on trying to re-capture their fleeting moment of greatness again and again … never to do so.
Directors like M. Night Shyamalan.
I mean, I liked The Sixth Sense, and thought Signs had potential. But, while Unbreakable had its moments, The Village was not that good, and The Happening was just a train wreck on film. And, from what I hear, The Last Airbender was even worse than that.
What must M. Night Shyamalan think?
The guys at College Humor decided to show just that very thing, and wouldn’t you know it, Shyamalan sees what is happening in a very M. Night kind of way. Check out the video below!