M. Night Shyamalan & Bruce Willis Reteaming for 'Labor of Love' Film
Here's something we didn't expect to hear again so soon. M. Night Shyamalan is apparently re-teaming with Bruce Willis for a film, which is schedule to start shooting later this year. The project is titled Labor of Love and is one of the very first scripts that Shyamalan ever sold in his career, meaning he's really going back to his roots in every way possible. Shyamalan first broke out big with Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Unbreakable (2000). Since then, Shyamalan has been off making lots of bad films, and we've all be waiting or wondering when he'd get back together with Willis and make something good again. Is this it?
The report from Deadline says that Bruce Willis is in talks to star in the M. Night Shyamalan project Labor Of Love, "based on one of the very first scripts Shyamalan sold in his career." It's being produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla with Shyamalan and Ashwin Rajan of Blinding Edge; with financing provided by Emmett/Furla/Oasis. They say that the film will start production in mid-September in Philadelphia, which is coming up pretty fast if you stop and realize that's only eight months away. The script has been fired up a few times since being sold to Fox in 1993, including with Denzel Washington interested, but now it's Willis.
So what is Shyamalan's Labor of Love about, and it might it be any good? Possibly. In the film, Willis will play "a Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident." He never got to tell his wife just how much he loved her, and so he shows how much he does by walking across the country for her, starting from Philadelphia to Pacifica, California. They compare it to the likes of Praying With Anger, one of his very first films, before he did the supernatural stuff, though it sounds like there's a bit of a supernatural-ish angle to the this one, or that something like that could be worked in. We'll keep an eye out for updates. Though I'm often optimistic, I'm not so sure unless Shyamalan really is trying to reboot himself.