Can Shyamalan Redeem Himself With DEVIL?

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Can Shyamalan Redeem Himself With DEVIL?
Can Shyamalan the writer-producer win a little more love than Shyamalan the director? After he took a critical hammering for The Last Airbender it seemed a good number of people were quick to declare the career of M Night Shyamalan dead. They were too quick, in fact, and obviously too lazy to do even the most basic research because the man already has a number of other projects greenlit, among them the three film Night Chronicles series of films which Shyamalan is creating stories for and producing while passing directorial duties off to young emerging film makers.

For the upcoming Devil the film makers in question are the Dowdle Brothers, the sibling duo responsible for The Poughkeepsie Tapes and Quarantine. They're being a bit coy with plot details at this point, releasing a synopsis that says no more than that it's a supernatural thriller with Shyamalan's "signature touch", but the freshly released trailer pitches it as a thriller about a group of people trapped in an elevator, one of whom may or may not be the devil incarnate.

Thanks to these projects Night basically has three shots to reclaim his career - he may have at least one directorial effort already set up as well - so what do you think? Is this a step back towards being the man who man The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable?
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brbro4July 14, 2010 1:52 PM

When I first heard about the Night Chronicles project I got the impression he was directing. I didn't want to say it looks promising but now that I know that's not the case these movies actually have a chance.

ChevalierAguilaJuly 14, 2010 3:22 PM

"it's a supernatural thriller with Shyamalan's "signature touch"


xinoJuly 14, 2010 8:21 PM

i farkig hate Satan! Fark you b*ch and die in hell!

anyway movie looks okkk...:/
but interesting.

kidlazarusJuly 14, 2010 8:25 PM

Looks as if Shyamalan, Nelson and the Dowdles are reworking Vincenzo Natali's short-film Elevated on an enormous budget. Whether or not to as good effect as Natali is another matter of business.

cuckooJuly 15, 2010 7:45 AM

Personally, I wouldn't add Unbreakable to his list of good movies. That was his first unintentional comedy for me. The Happening should have banned him for life from making films. The casting for this one looks all over the place, too many familiar faces from other projects to allow me to really get into it. Plus it has the feeling of a straight-to-PPV movie. I'm all for cinematic redemption, but it looks like taking the job of producer for a movie by the geniuses who brought us the awful REC remake might be one of the last stops for M Night before leaving the building for good.

Ard VijnJuly 15, 2010 9:45 AM

Well, M. Night doesn't need to do any redeeming. He's made good films and... not so good films. Whenever I want to see the good M. Night, I'll just pop "Unbreakable" into my player and enjoy myself immensely.
I happen to completely love "Unbreakable" and consider it to be the best superhero-done-real effort made yet. 16, 2010 10:41 PM

Entry ticket with sixth sense, became disneys golden boy in the auteur ages of the 90s, got dumped by disney but has been granted unlimited chances to claw back his rep ever since. Good at playing the game is all i can say.

ChevalierAguilaJuly 20, 2010 4:00 PM

Unbreakable was ok, but nothing i would see again, let alone buy.

Mazinger ZJuly 21, 2010 2:26 PM

meh....Shamalamadingdong has a lot or redeeming to do. This may not be the way's a Netflix for me, instant watch.

startledeasilySeptember 1, 2010 4:02 PM

well you never know. i think it makes for a good suspense/thriller setup. website has some good videos tho if youre bored of the trailer:

BlakberiSeptember 1, 2010 7:37 PM

Do you feel like telling us how you are connected to the project?

Rhythm-XSeptember 1, 2010 9:05 PM


Aren't brown people funny with their funny names? How funny!