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M. Night Shyamalan & Bruce Willis Reteaming for 'Labor of Love' Film

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January 29, 2014
Source: Deadline

M. Night Shyamalan & Bruce Willis

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.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments

1

Make another unbreakable and I can die happy

dvtvt on Jan 29, 2014

2

Oh gosh this film sounds unbelievably cheesy, no wonder it hasn't been made yet. Come on do another Unbreakable or even a prequel or even some sequel.

Damon King on Jan 29, 2014

3

I will never watch another M. Night film ever again. He seems to continually disappoint with each film, How does he keep getting work?

cg on Jan 29, 2014

4

Considering that Willis just phones it in these days, and is an incredible asshole to most people in the industry, I don't predict this ending well for M. Knight. He should quit. He was lucky enough to catch lightening in a bottle with THE SIXTH SENSE, but dude, the goose is well and truly cooked.

Trey Wilson on Jan 29, 2014

5

I so do not understand what happened to this dude. Unbreakable, one of my all-time fav movies ever. Its brilliant without flashy effects, Willis performance is awesome and the score rocks too. Its already 14 yrs old?? wow.

Buzzfunk on Jan 30, 2014

6

The Village is one of the worst promoted movies ever. It was presented as a horror-movie, but it's everything but that and one of my favorite movies.

Robbie on Jan 30, 2014

7

this guy has really lost his touch. he should move to Bollywood and restart his career.

Quynh Truong on Jan 30, 2014

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