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Director M. Night Shyamalan didn't ghostwrite She's All That. At least, that's what the film's credited screenwriter R. Lee Fleming says. A few weeks after Shyamalan admitted to Movies.com that he had a hand in writing the 1999 comedy, which starred Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, Fleming took to Twitter to counter the claims. "Only in his mind," Fleming wrote in response to a fan question about Shyamalan's quotes. The tweet has since been deleted. Fleming later posted a famous fibbing quote by Mark Twain reading, "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." However, Nyu professor Jack Lechner, »
It’s no secret that M. Night Shyamalan had a hand in the making of She’s All That, a teen classic released in 1999. Interviews with the Sixth Sense auteur dating back to at least August 2002 have noted this trivial nugget; the movie’s audio commentary also features director Robert Iscove saying that Shyamalan polished up the movie’s script. (Granted, 99.99999 percent of human beings have not listened to director Robert Iscove’s audio commentary for She’s All That — but the .00001 percent who have are avid IMDb users.)
Somehow, though, it took a May 29 interview with Movies.com for »
- Hillary Busis
While the world was happily shrugging off the memory of After Earth and its weak box office, director M. Night Shyamalan managed to drum up a whole lot of attention by bringing up a movie that's nearly 15 years old. Did you know that, before The Sixth Sense made him famous, he ghost wrote She's All That? Yeah, it was news to us too-- and apparently to She's All That's credited screenwriter R. Lee Fleming, Jr. In a tweet that's since been deleted, Fleming replied to a fan's inquiry about Shyamalan's claims by saying "Only in his mind, James." Fleming is in fact the credited writer on She's All That's IMDb page, and Salon did enough digging into Fleming's social media presence to convince themselves that the account is legit. Attempting to follow the story any further, though, led them to a dead end-- talent agents either avoided them »
Recently the world found itself reeling from the revelation that M. Night Shyamalan had supposedly ghostwritten the 1999 high-school comedy She’s All That—a surprise that no one saw coming despite it being clearly telegraphed a decade earlier, when Shyamalan explicitly said as much. However, as with all Shyamalan twists, the dramatic effect becomes notably lessened upon repeated viewing: Salon notes that the officially credited screenwriter of She’s All That, R. Lee Fleming, refuted Shyamalan’s claims on Twitter, saying it was “only in his mind.” Then, before we could even consider the possibility that we all exist »
It wouldn't be a story about M. Night Shyamalan without a bit of mystery: After the director told Movies.com in an interview on May 29 that he helped ghost-write the 1999 teen comedy "She's All That," the film's credited writer, R. Lee Fleming, took to Twitter to refute those claims.
"Only in his mind," Fleming wrote in response to a question about whether Shyamalan actually helped write "She's All That." Fleming's tweet has since been deleted, but the screenwriter did later retweet this famous Mark Twain quote about fibbing:
Despite the protestation of Fleming, whether Shyamalan did indeed ghost-write parts of "She's All That" remains unclear. For what it's worth, however, Shyamalan's claim is hardly new news: the writer-director first discussed his work on "She's All That" back in 2002 during the press rounds for "Signs." On Twitter, screenwriter Brian Duffield noted that Shyamalan was rumored to have only tweaked one part »
- Christopher Rosen
A few weeks ago, during an interview to promote the disastrous After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan confessed that he ghostwrote the classic 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle She's All That, and you could almost hear the Trivial Pursuit factories printing out new cards. Except, as with all things Shyamalan, the story seems to be a bit more complicated: She's All That's credited writer, R. Lee Fleming Jr., apparently got wind of the claim and tweeted-and-deleted a denial last week. (The exact quote: "Only in his mind, James.") Fleming's Twitter bio makes a nod to the controversy, and he's Rt-ing Mark Twain quotes like, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Meanwhile, his reps refuse to comment. Salon has the whole story, complete with Shyamalan-as-Fleming conspiracy theories in case you wanted to devote the whole day to the She's All That authorship »
- Amanda Dobbins
Remember recently when M. Night Shyamalan said that he ghostwrote the 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr./Rachael Leigh Cook rom-com “She’s All That”? Maybe not, but you should have at least read and/or heard that tidbit as a buzzworthy factoid by now. Over the past two weeks or so, the rumor has set the interwebs ablaze with “Hmm, that’s interesting/a bit odd/nuts.” With no real reason to doubt him, the media took the faux-teur at his word. And even taking things a bit farther than the film gossip-mill, IMDb changed the writers’ credits on “She’s All That” to give Shyamalan and R. Lee Fleming Jr. (the screenwriter who had the original credit) equal footing. Wikipedia went so far as to claim that Shyamalan was polishing the “She’s All That” script while adapting “Stuart Little” and working on “The Sixth Sense” (although it should be noted »
- Diana Drumm
Updated, 6/14/2013: Um, excuse us Mr. Shyamalan. Or should we say Sham-alan.
"@jxmitchell @nicolarz Only in his mind, James," he tweeted at someone expressing surprise at last week's revelation.
Twist! Double-twist! Who can we even trust?!
Previously, 5/30/2013: IMDb lists the 1999 teen rom-com "She's All That" as having been written by a gentleman named R. Lee Fleming, Jr., who later went on to write pretty much the same movie in 2001's "Get Over It" before runs on "One Tree Hill" and "The Lying Game."
Except (Crazy Last Minute Plot Twist) no he didn't! At least, not if you believe a recent interview with M. Night Shyamalan, who claims (Crazy Last Minute Plot Twist) it was M. Night Shyamalan who wrote »
- Nick Blake
The rather random revelation comes from an interview Shyamalan did last month with Movies.com during the promotion for his latest critically-maligned box office disappointment, "After Earth." He was trying to prove his range as a storyteller because "She's All That" was released in 1999 -- the same year as family hit "Stuart Little" (which Shyamalan has a writing credit on) and the Oscar-nominated blockbuster "The Sixth Sense" (which made Shyamalan's career).
Instead, it's just more proof that most movies Shyamalan is involved with aren't actually any good.
9 items from 2013
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