May 7, 2006 |
"IT'S not a mermaid story, " says spookmeister M. Night Shyamalan, debunking a widespread myth that his upcoming "Lady in the Water" would involve anything as prosaic as a Daryl Hannah wannabe. "A mermaid is just one story of hundreds of stories of creatures that lived in the water. There have been stories of entities that lived in the water since the time of Babylon. In some of these stories from earlier times, these entities would lure boats to the rocks and crash them.
June 8, 2008 |
HE DESCRIBES the experience of making "Lady in the Water," the biggest flop of his career, as something akin to stripping off all his clothes and running outside to have the world collectively laugh at him. But in a good way. M. Night Shyamalan, the 37-year-old film director who shot to fame with "The Sixth Sense" in 1999, is not talking about large-scale humiliation but rather personal empowerment -- the freedom that comes from giving up concern about other people's expectations.
August 10, 2002 |
For someone who makes such dark and scary movies, M. Night Shyamalan seems like an extremely well-adjusted guy. The 32-year-old film director grew up in a posh suburb of Philadelphia. His parents, with whom he is still quite tight, were doctors, and they still live near their son in suburban Philadelphia. He's been married for nine years and is the father of two young daughters. His film career has been blessed.
November 12, 2000 |
The distance between the administrative offices of Burning Edge Pictures and the actual production "annex"--for want of a better word--seems narrow enough to be covered as quickly by foot as by wheel. But given all the tricky curves and jumps along the way, it's better that we're getting a lift this morning from Burning Edge's head honcho, who's happy to oblige despite the fact that his outfit's about to enter what he terms the "red zone" of its latest enterprise.
October 8, 1993 |
M. Night Shyamalan's "Praying With Anger" (at the Sunset 5) is a beautiful, accomplished work about a young man, played by Shyamalan, who reluctantly becomes an exchange student in India, the land of his parents' birth, and ends up discovering himself. Winner of the first feature award at this year's AFI Film Fest, it is all the more impressive when we learn that Shyamalan, a New York University alumnus, was only 21 when he wrote, produced and directed the film, as well as starred in it.
August 2, 2002 |
Don't let M. Night Shyamalan's success fool you. Just because "The Sixth Sense" is the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time, don't think of him as a writer-director of blockbusters. It's just not so. Shyamalan's latest film, the Mel Gibson-starring "Signs," confirms what's been hidden in plain sight: He is at heart a maker of quirky, individualistic, almost handmade supernatural films he writes, directs, produces and even casts himself in.