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M. Night Shyamalan's Got Another Film Happening

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March 7, 2007

Although there are plenty of M. Night Shyamalan haters out there, you can't forget his older work: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs. He's not a terrible director, it's just that some people (or rather, lots of them) have come to dislike his recent work, for whatever reasons. However, that doesn't mean he may yet still have a chance to make a comeback, as long as he doesn't continue to cast himself in integral roles. His latest is a film called The Happening.

Some news from Variety states that Fox has is going to give his next project a go, title The Happening, with a budget of around $57 million. The film is a paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity. Ain't It Cool News has had the chance to check out the script, and apparently it's so good that they're even calling it a "comeback" for Shyamalan. From what they're saying it's a 1960ish kind of "end of the world" type of movie. Shyamalan is expecting to cast a big male star for the lead role and will film this August in Philadelphia for a likely June 2008 release.

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  • jaromir
    yawn... after his first two best movies (6th sense and Unbreakable) all his movies followed the same formula.
  • Jeff Warner
    This is great. I have always been a fan of M, even liking his latest two projects. My favourite is Unbreakable (which is highly underrated and unfortuante that no one saw it). I really liked Lady in the Water and its quirkiness, even M Nights role. Everyone else is just uptight about the whole thing. Hopefully this is his comeback becuase I don't want to see him fail. I bought and read "The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale," and its apparent that M Night puts a lot of work into his movies. At least he takes risks and writes his own material, unlike a lot of directors currently out there.
  • Falon
    Isn't he also suppose to be making a live action movie based on Nick's Avatar cartoon as well?
  • Treidon
    Bah, I'm not a Shyamalan hater but he seriously pissed me off with LITW. What the hell was he thinking making himself a major character in the movie. The guy has some serious ego issues to work out which can be further witnessed in that tell-all book that was released just before LITW. After reading that book it becomes evident that this guy needs to fall on his ass really hard a few times to get serious about film making again; hopefully LITW will suffice. We can only hope that this project will take him back to his roots of good writing and directing like his early work. I hope that script gets leaked online soon so we can check it out for ourselves! *fingers crossed*
  • CHRIS
    I AM SO HAPPY!!! ANYTHING HE DOES I WILL LOVE!!! HIS MOVIES ONLY HAVE GOTTEN BETTER!
  • Looks cool........M.Night and Wahlburg...thats a good combo
  • cheryl
    I have loved all of M.Nights films, especially Unbreakable, they stay with you long after you have watched them and they are very thought provoking. I hope his new film The Happening won't dissapoint.
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  • M. Garcia
    I can't wait for "The Happening" to come out. I am a huge fan of M's I love all of his films and their not so hidden meanings. When you watch one of his films you always leave the theater talking about it. It was about time he did a film with Mark Wahlburg who is an excelent actor, one of the best of his generation., I will watch any films both of these men do, wether Wahlburg of Shamalan. My favorite is still The Village.

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