M. Night Shyamalan Moves the Dowdle's Devil Up To Canada

August 25, 2009

M. Night Shyamalan

An interesting story uncovered today by our friends at SlashFilm as found in the Philadelphia Inquirer. M. Night Shyamalan has been a hometown filmmaker ever since he started with The Sixth Sense and Wide Awake back in the late 90s. He's shot eight out of nine of his films in the Philadelphia region and is even staying there for post-production on The Last Airbender. Which is why the local newspaper made a big deal out of Shyamalan taking his film Devil up to Canada. But what is Devil? First off, it's not a new Shyamalan film, as he's only producing (and writing the story), but it sounds like a very interesting project anyway.

There are no actual story details available yet, but we do know that Devil is being directed by the Dowdle Brothers - Drew and John Erick - who last brought us two creepy thrillers, The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine (the [Rec] remake). Doing a quick search I discovered that Devil is actually the first film in the Night Chronicles, a trio of thrillers in which Shyamalan will create the central premise, and then pass the idea off to suitable writers and directors to develop into a feature. This is the first one. And it looks like the Dowdle's are directing a script written by Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night screenwriter Brian Nelson.

Shyamalan and company decided to leave Philadelphia to shoot Devil in Canada because of financing issues. "Last week, at the 11th hour, Devil withdrew its application for credits because of uncertainty with respect to whether film tax credits would be in the state budget," Jane Saul, director of the Pennsylvania Film Office, said. "This is an obvious sign that without the film tax credit in place, we lose film business, and in turn, jobs." As we all know, getting good tax incentives is an important part of the filmmaking process. But if this means we get to see it sooner than later, then I'm all for it, because Devil sounds like it could be awesome.

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  • Trey
    sounds good....The Happening was wack!
  • #1 I totally agree
  • Xerxex
    well I like his shirt, Unbreakable was one of his best films, they are as follows, The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable, the others meh, maybe he can redeem himself?
  • Cody
    Im sorry but since Unbreakable I just dont give a shit about what he does anymore. I mean that as in Unbreakable was amazing and his last good film. Am I the only one who just thinks this guys should just stop?
  • jcyo
    Night Chronicles? Fuck that guy
  • Scott
    sweet. Canada is a awesome place. ^_^
  • Caitie
    Am I the only one that thought The Village was awesome too? That movie was fantastic and I think personally it was better than Unbreakable.
  • I thought the Village was awesome also, but not better than Unbreakable.
  • Dark Fist
    I'm excited. Shyamalan always has some interesting ideas. Am I the only one who thinks Cody should just stop watching Shyamalan films if he doesn't like him?
  • Robbie
    Great! Shyamalan is one of my favorite directors! Though he isn't directing this one, I'm still excited. I agree with #9, Shyamalan's ideas are always original and interesting, that's why he is one of my favorite directors.
  • Kaiser
    #7 I too thought the Village was better the Unbreakable. #1 By "wack" do you mean an enormous pile of crap? That film was shocking. I am not all that excited to hear of anything coming from Shyamalan, although there is always a little part of me that thinks "what if this is him returning to form?" If he could re-kindle the Sixth Sense magic I think we would all be very excited.
  • josh
    the best thing he can do right now is NOT put his name on anything. sixth sense and signs then after that, they all sucked. maybe airbender will help him. but marketing wise, they got too stop advertising his name more than the movie.
  • Kevin
    Who keeps giving him money to do films?!? SEND HIS ASS NORTH OF THE BORDER!
  • frazzle
    Kevin, show me your movies please... Because maybe then we all can decide if you're credible enough to say stuff like that. Have you watched Unbreakable??? I would give him a million more chances if he could make another film like that.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Kevin says "Send his ass north of the border" I agree Kevin, because if you did a little research you'd find that most of the really good movies from this decade have and still are being filmed in Hollywood North. Not bad, eh?
  • snickers
    Wish Manoj would pack up and go home. No one cares about his name on movies anymore.
  • Tra la la la la di da
    The Happening is fun but nothing great. Sucked and had the largest plot hole...wind isn't controlled by the trees yet...doh, M. Night did it again. Unbreakable was great! Until the end. I've told people to turn it off before the ending and not one has yet they all agree, the ending was ridiculous. THe Sixth Sense was fun but predictable, The Village, and overly stolen idea, and Lady in the Water. My word. This guy should give it up.




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