I didn’t think that Lady in the Water was that bad. I actually enjoyed it better than The Villiage, which I still hate! But he’s back with another movie and this one I’m interested in seeing:
Shyamalan Resurfaces with Bollywood Financing
Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), whose stock in Hollywood reportedly fell through the floor following the disastrous failure of his last film, Lady in the Water, has found a Bollywood production company to help foot the bill with 20th Century Fox for a new film, The Happening, which will reportedly star Mark Wahlberg. In a video news conference on Wednesday, Shyamalan, who was born in India but raised in suburban Philadelphia, said that he had approached Mumbai (Bombay)-based UTV to finance half the $57-million budget of the film “so that I can have ownership rights over the movie rather than just selling it to the studio.” Ronnie Screwala, CEO of UTV, who agreed to participate in the venture, said, “It’s going to be a huge budget, but it will be fantastic if there was an Indian connection on both sides.” He said his company also partially financed Chris Rock’s upcoming I Think I Love My Wife.
Sounds good, but here’s more from Darkhorizons.com:
Shyamalan’s Next “Happening” At Fox
By Garth FranklinWednesday March 7th 2007 6:16am
M. Night Shyamalan’s next film will be a happening at 20th Century Fox, the first film he’s made for the Murdoch-owned studio reports Variety.
Originally titled “The Green Effect”, the film is now called “The Happening” and Shyamalan will direct the project in Philadelphia this August. The $57 million paranoid thriller follows a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
The process has been very public for the once mega-hit filmmaker of “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs”. Shyamalan’s fight and split with Disney became a very public affair last year with him coming off the worse for it.
Insult was added to injury when “Lady in the Water”, the project that caused the split and ended up at Warner Bros., received scathing reviews and performed poorly at the box-office last summer.
After keeping quiet for a few months, early this year Shyamalan popped up with his next script “Green Planet” to shop around the studios – none however would bite, forcing him to go back and rewrite it.
Re-write complete, the offer went around again and this time several studios were keen with Fox winning it in the end thanks to their marketing savvy and Tom Rothman’s championing of Shyamalan’s desire for an edgy R-rated version of the picture.
A June 2008 release is planned. Shyamalan will prep and shoot “The Happening” as he continues to write the script for “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Shyamalan will follow with that live action film for Paramount.
It looks as if he might be rebounding. Can’t wait for this one. I hope its good.