The Devil in M. Night Shyamalan


Details on M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest project, Devil, have emerged. Could this be one of the best nail-biters of the next decade? Will it be a return to form for the much maligned filmmaker? Check out details after the jump.

When M. Night Shyamalan emerged on the scene with The Sixth Sense under his belt, audiences were sure they had found the next big name director. A ‘spooky Spielberg‘ if you will. These days, his name still sends shivers down our spines, but not for the right reasons.

Although the auteur managed to show off his skills in Unbreakable and Signs, his last three films have all been critical and commercial disasters.

Mention The Village, Lady in the Water and The Happening in the same sentence as his other films and you’ll find yourself laughed out of any conversation.

As it stands, Shyamalan is rocking a 50% success rate. Even though he is three films in the hole, it’s hard not to anticipate his next project and wonder if this will be the one to get him out of his funk.

Although his very next project is an adaptation of the animated television show Avatar: The Last Airbender, we at Quickflix are more excited about another film he is involved with.

Entitled Devil, the film is based on an original idea by Shyamalan, written by Brian Nelson (Hard Candy) and set to be directed by Drew and John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine). Although details are scarce, the boys at Slashfilm have done some digging and discovered an incredibly tantalising logline for the project. Comme ca:

A group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil.

Wowzers. If the brilliant Hard Candy is anything to go by, Nelson is perfectly capable of maintaining a tense environment between a few characters in a minimalist setting. And the Dowdle brothers are no slouches in the horror department either.

However, all eyes will be on producer Shyamalan. It is his time to prove that he can be a winning idea generator just like Spielberg. And if The Last Airbender turns out to be a hit family film, we might actually see this man live up to the promise he showed back in 1999.

The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that the cast will include Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine, Caroline Dhavernas, Bojana Novakovic and Geoffrey Arend .

Filming commences next week in Toronto.

Meanwhile, check out the trailer on Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and share your thoughts below.

Discuss: What are your thoughts on Devil? Can Shyamalan still live up to the promise of The Sixth Sense?

5 Responses to “The Devil in M. Night Shyamalan”

  1. Thanks for this update.M. Night is excellent director.His movies are good for excitement.I wish his new movie has same fun as his previous movies had.micro sd speicherkarten

  2. Halfway through The Happening I realized something that completely 180'ed the viewing experience into something more memorable: a cheesy 50's Sci-Fi monster flick. Check the points:1) Shambling monsters that move slowly and do really nothing but hit things randomly e.g. windows with their heads2) A stone-faced all-american lead and whiny maiden-in-distress as his second half3) Camerawork that involves lots of large close-ups and chracter statements directly to the lense4) A time-conscious ending message that echoes "It's gone now, but it could happen again, at any time, in any place, to ANY ONE YOU KNOW."5) Music that jumps out like a sore thumb in tight spots.I think there's more, but I'll have to watch it again to recall.Thoughts?

  3. I agree with you Adam, but I feel The Happening lurches a bit too close to Ed Wood territory.Regardless, seeing The Happening remains one of my fondest movie-going experiences ever. No joke, our entire audience was in tears of laughter for almost the entire duration.

  4. You cannot have any discussion about the new avatar movie without talking about Racebending: Racebending: A Protest Against Discrimination. I've just seen the first DVD of Season 1 of Avatar from Quickflix, and it is clear it is a very strongly non-caucasian story. It is uncool to cast all the good guys white and all the bad guys as asian/middle eastern.

  5. That's a good point RowliRowl, and definitely one that needs discussing; I'll probably put an article together closer to the release of The Last Airbender.I will say however that the whitewashing evident in Shyamalan's project is less offensive than that in Dragonball: Evolution.

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