March 16, 2007 |
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan will return to his provocative, dark Hitchcockian style with "The Happening," a thriller about a natural calamity that threatens to wipe out humanity. Scheduled for release in summer 2008, the $57-million film will be co-financed by 20th Century Fox and a production company in India, Mumbai-based UTV Motion Pictures. Shyamalan, who is of Indian descent, said this is a way of staying connected to the country.
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.
July 25, 2006 |
IN Hollywood, a town where tales of self-immolation are passed along like hot new scripts, everyone has been frantically trying to score a copy of "The Man Who Heard Voices," Michael Bamberger's new book about M. Night Shyamalan and the making of "Lady in the Water." The fascination with the book has only been heightened by the poor opening of "Lady," which arrived practically dead in the water over the weekend, making a paltry $18.2 million, the filmmaker's worst opening ever.
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.
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.
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.