Buried Writer Set for Shyamalan's Next 'Night Chronicles' Film

June 24, 2010
Source: Deadline

M. Night Shyamalan

Just two days ago we heard that M. Night Shyamalan was busy shopping a secret script around town with Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper and Gwyneth Paltrow attached. Now Deadline has word on yet another project from Shyamalan, but this one isn't as secret, and the filmmaker is only producing. The project in question, titled Twelve Strangers, is part of Shyamalan's Night Chronicles series of thrillers (the first is Devil) and has Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling scripting the thriller that involves a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural. Let's just decide right now that we need the line, "You can't handle the ghouls!"

Twelve Strangers is being developed by Media Rights Capital. I'm curious if Sparling's involvement might mean this entire film will be set in one courtroom, since that's what Sparling is known for. As for that other secret Shyamalan project, Deadline has discovered that it would see Bradley Cooper as a father searching for his missing child. That seems very generic, but apparently the father uses some sort of supernatural powers during the search. Both of these projects sounds fairly interesting, and it'll be interesting to see if Shyamalan can make a strong return to supernatural thrillers after finishing his big adaptation of The Last Airbender.

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


Well if Shyamaln Writes it with Sparling it might be just a little better(: Can't wait for buried, after i see that then we will see about 12 strangers

FilmsterSalty on Jun 24, 2010


Can't wait. Shyamalan is my favorite director =D

Robbie on Jun 24, 2010


with "the village"; "lady in the water"; and " the happening" - MNS has had 3 consecutive bombs. i won't hold my breath that these films will be any good. "12 strangers" sounds intriguing, BUT - this guy just hasn't been very good for a LONG time.........anything he does is a rental at best (for me) until he shows he can still make a decent movie.

beavis on Jun 24, 2010


I have to agree, with #3 beavis. Shama-lama-ding-dong has not written a watchable film, in a very long time. Airbender may end up being good; but of course he didn't write that story.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Jun 24, 2010


Guess the twist.

Glass on Jun 24, 2010


well it sounds like shamalyan is coming out of his shell with this one. There are a lot of heavy hitters in this one and the script seems to be very... hollywood. The happening was a mediocore film at best, the village was well acted though the film itself seemed to drag. Lady in the water was one of the worst films of this geration, and that's sayin a lot considering movies these days are complete shit. not all of em but most of em.

Eli on Jun 24, 2010


Man, I hope his coming films will be good. When Shyamalan is good, he is really good. I can't wait to see him return to form. Stay positive, San Diego

JKnaak on Jun 25, 2010


^ He's been IN form for his past 7 films. His form is what's killing him.

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