Universal Releasing M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Visit' in Fall of 2015
by Ethan Anderton
November 12, 2014
Back in the spring, you might remember hearing a bit about M. Night Shyamlan's next project, which at the time was called Sundowning. However, since then, the filmmaker has been quietly working on the project with no indication of when we might finally see the movie. But that changes today as Universal Pictures has announced that they will release the film, now titled The Visit, next fall on September 11th, 2015. The film was originally named as "Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1" and slated for September 25th, but the project produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring) will arrive two weeks earlier.
The Visit is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and tells the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible…) stars in the film along with Kathryn Hahn, but there's bound to be other cast members we haven't heard about yet. Stay tuned for more details on this low key horror project that could revive Shyamalan's career. Excited?
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
not sure what blackmail material M Night has on the studios but who the hell keeps on giving him money to make movies?!!
desispeed on Nov 12, 2014
I guess most of his movies are pretty low budget, so the studios see some sort of economic sense in it....even though Airbender was a pretty big budget movie, and perhaps his worst.
TheOct8pus on Nov 12, 2014
Another intriguing idea that I'm sure will be awful. In fact it's at the point with him where I might be disappointed if it's good.
OfficialJab on Nov 12, 2014
i have to thank M Night, he's the reason I found Firstshowing, I was looking for somewhere to voice my opinion after watching 'The Happening', it was so bad I just needed a place to say it. His other movies have varied, but that was a howler.
Carpola on Nov 12, 2014
Bahhh...poor guy. I still can't believe THE HAPPENING really happened.
DAVIDPD on Nov 12, 2014
Unbreakable and the 6th sense are two of my fav movies of all time. But. How does he still get projects? I think the last 4-5 movies were all terrible. I mean not just ok movies, just bad. I wish he'd find his mojo again because those 2 movies to me (and somewhat Signs too) were really unique in everyway. So im hoping for the best.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Nov 12, 2014
Considering the number of films that reach the later developmental stages and STILL don't get made, I have to agree with some of the other posts in asking how this dude still gets funded/greenlit so prolifically...? Most of his films don't make much money (at least not enough to justify greenlighting his work from a economic standpoint), and are usually bad (in my opinion).
T. Hakeem on Nov 12, 2014
I still think Signs is a fantastic film. I don't care about movies following 100% 'true to reality' logic. It is about the emotional journey, the aesthetic journey, the STORY and emotion and the characters. The climactic scene of Signs is almost perfectly staged. The music, the camera angles, the staging of the sequence. It is a great scene that properly culminates the film. For people wondering 'how does he still get funding?'...well this is a Blumhouse movie, Blumhouse makes MICRO-BUDGET films. Movies that cost in the $3-$10 million range. It is an extremely low-risk, high-reward approach, and they probably have a bit of faith in Shyamalan going 'back to the basics' and making a film more like what he used to make.
Chris Groves on Nov 12, 2014
I still think all his recent films should be burned but youre right about Signs, its a beautfully directed, well acted film.
Jon Odishaw on Nov 13, 2014
Oh yeah, I hate the crap he has been doing, don't get me wrong there. The Village was OKAY, had a few good moments but is seriously ruined by the nature and necessity of the twist. Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth are all crap as far as I'm concerned
Chris Groves on Nov 13, 2014
Lol nobody is gonna see this right? Don't be stupid guys lol don't let him fool you again!
SkyNet300 on Nov 13, 2014
I am cautiously optimistic that he can pull this one off if he goes back to basics and sticks to them. Forget about everything that came before and work it the same way he did his first movie. I'll look out for this one. Everyone deserves another chance. I mean, look at George Lucas - he gave us the Star Wars saga, but also gave us Howard the Duck and the Ewok series...and Jar Jar... Another example would be Ridley Scott. He gave us the very first game-changer Alien movie, but then also gave us Prometheus...we are still lining up for Prometheus 2, aren't we?
boyd on Nov 16, 2014
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