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First Look: M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening Poster

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December 7, 2007
Source: ComingSoon

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening Poster

For being the very first official image of any sort for M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, I'm quite unimpressed. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley and follows a family (Wahlberg and Deschanel) that goes on the run from an apocalyptic crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Despite M. Night's last film, Lady in the Water, being rather forgettable, I still have an absolute appreciation for the production values and unique feel that only M. Night can bring. I think The Happening will be a strong return for Shyamalan, even if this first teaser poster sucks.

The poster comes courtesy of ComingSoon.

We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now… It's Happening.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening Poster

What I'm most interested in with The Happening is just finding out what the heck the "apocalyptic crisis" actually is! The only hint is that it was originally described as an "eco-thriller" and the threat is a "natural crisis." Does that mean we're going to see tornadoes take on a mind of their own? Anyway, screw all of you Shyamalan haters out there, his movies are fantastic! It's all about the discovery of the twists, and I know there's going to be something huge in this.

The Happening, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, arrives in theaters on June 13th, 2008 next summer.

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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments

1

Standby for another retarded twist... ...sorry, Alex

Nathan on Dec 7, 2007

2

I'm a big M. Night fan. Loved his first three, felt the Village was iffy, and really wanted to love Lady in the Water, but was very disappointed. I really hope he hits this one out of the park. Given that another favorite Signs had a kind of end of the earth-post apocalyptic-neurotic feel, this could get him back on track. PS. My WGA strike shirt is in the mail!

William Mize on Dec 7, 2007

3

I think its a good teaser. Imagine you know nothing about this movie but you do know who M. Niight is.... This will get you intrigued that he has a new movie and you will want to know more.

Heckle on Dec 7, 2007

4

That is one busy poster. I hold out hope that Shyamalan will return to form with this movie. I loved everything he did leading up to Lady in The Water (which was a huge disappointment) so he'll get my $8 to check this one out. That is, unless it scores a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes again or something. Then I may have to reconsider. 😀

Phil on Dec 7, 2007

5

Interesting that the teaser poster's tag line makes reference to The Sixth Sense and Signs. I wonder if Shyamalan's movies all take place in the same world like Tarantino's films.

Riley on Dec 7, 2007

6

Hmmmmmm.... i like it,,, its that kinda numerous outcomes the whole mystery thing that Mis so good at,, i know me and willie will love it,,,

Mikey Aldridge on Dec 7, 2007

7

Poster = Booooooooring. But I still support Shymalamanabahd.

Mark on Dec 7, 2007

8

I guess everyone ran out of gas...

John on Dec 7, 2007

9

"after reading the script" where did you read the script... ??

Mikey Aldridge on Dec 7, 2007

10

Maybe he can keep the boom mike out of half of the shots in this one... Vic

ScreenRant.com on Dec 7, 2007

11

This is really looks like a joke photoshop.

CajoleJuice on Dec 7, 2007

12

The poster is a little dissapointing but after reading the script I have to say that it's just right.. yes it's an eco-thriller and it is by far the most violent and graphic of all Shyamalan's films.. I remember reading somewhere that it may even get an "R" rating. Hopefully James Newton-Howard does the music too..

Treidon on Dec 7, 2007

13

If you look hard enough.. you just may find it.. try a google search.. here is a script review: http://goneelsewhere.wordpress.com/2007/08/12/m-night-shyamalans-the-happening-script-review/ warning though, it's got spoilers..

Treidon on Dec 7, 2007

14

An invisible neurotoxin is admitted into the air which causes people to become suicidal. That's supposedly what the "apocalyptic crisis" is.

Nick O. on Dec 7, 2007

15

Aw, way to ruin it!

Alex Billington on Dec 7, 2007

16

Lol, that's the synopsis Peter over at /Film gave!

Nick O. on Dec 7, 2007

17

Pretty cool apocalypse.

Ryan on Dec 7, 2007

18

what riley said.

Keith on Dec 7, 2007

19

Well.. it is supposed to be a teaser poster of sorts and it's done just that.. I mean 18 comments and counting.. people wanna see what this guy does next.

Treidon on Dec 7, 2007

20

I'm suprised you havent read the script yet. Its all over the internet and I tried hard, but I couldnt resist reading it. I dont want to give anything away, but dont gets your hopes up about the twist. Thats all I have to say about that. The rest of the movie is really pretty good. Definately an R-rated movie, though.

Vega Bro on Dec 7, 2007

21

The only thing "happening" is Night Shyamalan's film-cred disappearing after The Sixth Sense.

avoidz on Dec 8, 2007

22

Knight's a great writer / director - he deserves more cred then he gets I think. Yes "The Village," was awful and "Lady in the Water," felt rushed and incomplete. I still think Shamalamadingdong has what it takes to be one of the greats. While the before mentioned movies were "crap-tacular" in my opinion I still appreciated the concepts and thought the story lines were interesting. Hopefully "The Happening," brings back those glorious stories like Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. With that same notion please don't let this be a Mark Whalberg "hero action star" role otherwise we are all doomed.

Jeff S on Dec 9, 2007

23

I don't want to read the script Vega Bro! I want to go in on June 13th and be surprised, down to the details of what the heck is killing people/making them suicidal, to the twist or ending or whatever happens. That's why I never post or mention spoilers here - I always prefer to stay spoiler free until I see it.

Alex Billington on Dec 10, 2007

24

This one really needs to be special and stand out for itself, in order to gain public interest. So making references back to the older films like it's some sort of sequel isn't exactly a bright publicity strategy at all.

Zach on Dec 10, 2007

25

The poster show heavy dark gray clouds. It also says we sensed it (feeling like something big is about to happen in our world), we seen the signs (besides the movie, earthquakes, global temperature rise, polar shift), then it happened.... It sounds like a super volcano eruption (Yellowstone, etc) or The planet Narubis passing by earth, during the alignment of the galatic center in the year 2012. Just a thought.

DJ on Jan 1, 2008

26

This is going to be a good one, i heard it may even be better than M Nights sign movie. Even though some critics thought that was a miss, i loved it. This is going to be an intense off your seat thriller from start to finish...I just hope it doesnt wind up like the fog or anything like that...

Shawn on Jan 14, 2008

27

My guess is that we are led to believe it's a terrorist biological attack, but it's the biblical Apocalypse. It's obvious by the trailer that what is happening is supernatural. And the ads are: we've seen the signs... the Seven Signs perhaps? Just a thought.

syradia on Feb 23, 2008

28

i think this movie is going to be great because i heard it has something to do with "Nature taking back its planet".

Kerwin Kuntz on Apr 19, 2008

29

Who's sorry now? This has to be one of the worst films I have ever seen. M Shite Sharlatan- this guy has no clothes.

Paul Kelly on Jul 21, 2008

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