Is M. Night Shyamalan about to uptick?

M. Night Shyamalan has, as I’ve previously written, been on a steady decline since The Sixth Sense, falling from a well-deserved IMDB rating of 8.2 to, most recently, a dreadful one of 4.5.

But I see that he is working on a new movie, After Earth. Science fiction fare, but written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) and Stephen Gaghan (Traffic). And starring Will Smith, who seems to have a knack of involving himself in strong movies.

Here’s hoping!

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3 Responses to Is M. Night Shyamalan about to uptick?

  1. alebonau says:

    Enjoyed the village. Probably his best work. Also knowing. Sixth sense probably go down as a classic though I guess.

  2. I only got around to seeing The Village recently (from a Blu-ray BD-RE I made on a Panasonic Blu-ray recorder from a HD broadcast a couple of years ago — it looked quite respectable). Unfortunately I worked out what was going on a bit too early to fully enjoy it, and it left questions of motivation a bit too loose for my taste. Still, the man is wonderfully talented and it would be great to see him get back up towards previous heights.

  3. Rod Williams says:

    I only saw UNBREAKABLE two weeks ago, and was quite impressed by it. Unfortunately, as with too many bad novelists, M. Night Shyamalan will continue to get movie projects funded because the studios’ business model always needs product, good or bad. Something has to be playing on those thousands of cinema screens 7 days a week.

    I thought THE BOOK OF ELI looked good with a few great set pieces, though based on a silly premise. Hollywood can’t do science fiction, only popcorn sci-fi. AFTER EARTH should be OK, given minimal studio and/or A-list medling with the script.

    I suppose I’ll keep waiting to see a Larry Niven or Alastair Reynolds novel adapted properly into a movie with the budget of the average superhero movie.

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