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Yep, even after M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth disaster of a film bombed at the box office, the filmmaker went on to develop another movie called The Visit. He was originally developing it under the title Sundowning, but that has obviously changed.
The story focuses on "a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day."
The original title of the film was apparently connected something called Sundowners Syndrome that is described as "a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Symptoms also include agitation and mood swings."
It definitely sounds like it could be interesting, but I’m not going to hold my breath for anymore good films from Shyamalan. »
- Joey Paur
The Important News Jared Leto and Margot Robbie are possibly playing the Joker and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. And Jai Courtney is possibly playing Deadshot in the movie. In other DC universe news, Michelle MacLaren is possibly directing Wonder Woman. Daniel Bruhl will play the unknown villain in Captain America: Civil War. Christoph Waltz might be the next Bond villain. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is getting some great reviews so far. M. Night Shyamalan has a secret new movie due out next year. Wes Anderson might do another stop-motion movie next. Justin Lin might do a couple more Fast and Furious movies, which will be the last. Quentin Tarantino may retire after his 10th movie. Christopher Nolan will not make a Star...
- Christopher Campbell
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) has been brought on to do a "three-week production polish" on the screenplay for the video game adaptation of Uncharted which will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) following the previous draft written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) recently passed on an offer to play the film's lead, an Indiana Jones type named Nate Drake, a descendent of explorer Sir Francis Drake, who believes he has learned the whereabouts of the fabled golden South American city El Dorado from a cursed statue. The film is currently slated for a June 10, 2016 release. THR Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) and Julia Roberts are in talks to join George Clooney in director Jodie Foster's financial thriller Money Monster in which Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his »
- Brad Brevet
It would appear that M. Night Shyamalan's poor reputation as of late has driven to make films underground, as it has just been announced that the Sixth Sense director has already completed work on his next project and has now found a distributor. This news comes to us from Deadline, which says that Universal has picked up the worldwide rights to The Visit, a low budget horror movie that M. Night Shyamalan made in partnership with the folks over at Blumhouse Productions. The report says that the film is more in line with the movies the filmmaker he began his career with (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) and less like the critically-shredded material that killed his career (The Last Airbender, The Happening). He actually self-financed the movie, staying away from the studio system, and shot the entire thing around his home in Pennsylvania. There are no actors mentioned in connection with »
Kathryn Hahn is returning to "Happyish" with a new co-star. The "Crossing Jordan" actor is set to reprise her role as Lee Payne in the Showtime dramedy, the network announced on Thursday. This is Hahn's second outing in the part after shooting the same pilot with Philip Seymour Hoffman last year; Steve Coogan subsequently stepped in to replace the late actor. Lee is described as a wife and mother who is "honest and direct to a considerable fault" and who believes that people are good and that the world can be a better place - an outlook that causes no shortage of frustration when she is consistently faced with its limitations. "But she loves Thom (Coogan), and Thom loves her, even though they both loathe themselves." Hilarity ensues. Slated to film in New York next month with director Ken Kwapis ("The Office," "He's Just Not That Into You"), "Happyish" was »
- Chris Eggertsen
He went from being one of the most celebrated child actors ever to … well, The Country Bears. But Haley Joel Osment is making something of a comeback, thanks to offbeat appearances in Kevin Smith’s cult-comedy/horror True North Trilogy. Back in May 2000, Channel Guide Magazine‘s Jeff Pfeiffer scored an interview with Osment for The Sixth Sense, which made Osment a household name at age 12 (and set M. Night Shyamalan’s bar way too high). Osment was on the cover, and we also featured interviews with child stars Jena Malone (still going strong!) and Frankie Muniz (er, not so much). The … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Perhaps no modern-day filmmaker has endured as much critical drubbing as M. Night Shyamalan, the once-promising director of The Sixth Sense and Signs who went downhill fast with a brutal series of five flops in a row, each somehow more horrendously executed than the last. Now, however, Shyamalan may finally be on the right track – flying under the radar, he recently shot a low-budget, supernatural thriller more in line with his first directorial efforts, which has just been picked up by Universal Pictures.
Titled The Visit, the project is a marked change from Shyamalan’s big-budget fare like The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which earned him Razzie nominations for Worst Director (he actually won the dishonor for The Last Airbender). The director partnered with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum, which likely helped the film land at Universal, but Shyamalan chose to go outside of the studio route, self-financing »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director M. Night Shyamalan has partnered with Jason Blum of Bloomhouse Productions in order to produce a self-financed, low budget project he had been keeping under wraps. The film, called The Visit, is intended as a return to his earlier work and to productions outside the ‘traditional’ studio system. The Visit concerns a brother and […]
The post M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Visit’ Acquired by Universal appeared first on The Flickcast. »
- Kara Grimoire
M. Night Shyamalan has gotten a bit of a bad reputation these days, mainly because he hasn't exactly lived up to the reputation set after The Sixth Sense (though if you read our interview with him, he makes a fair point about how that was never really an accurate reputation to begin with). He went from small-scale, intimate movies (Signs, The Village) to big-budget misses (The Last Airbender, After Earth) and the results were never as rewarding as what he started out doing. Now it would appear that Shyamalan knows this, because he made an effort to get back to his thriller past by shooting a movie entirely in secret. It's called The Visit and he self-financed and shot it around his house in Pennsylvania with no fanfare whatsoever. And then when he had the movie in the...
- Peter Hall
Previously known as "Sundowning," Kathryn Hahn plays a single mother whose young children visit her parents. The brother (Ed Oxenbould) and sister soon discover their grandparents are up to something sinister during the week-long trip, and it seems their chances of returning home grow smaller every day.
Shyamalan directed from his own screenplay and will produce alongside Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock. The film was shot in and around Shyamalan's Pennsylvania home and was self-financed by the filmmaker.
Shyamalan's serves as an executive producer on the upcoming Fox event series "Wayward Pines".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Grandparents are scary! You know it. I know it. And now M. Night Shyamalan is setting out to prove it. Universal has set a September 11, 2015 release date for "The Visit," the "After Earth" director's next film that centers on a brother and sister who embark on a weeklong trip to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm (first mistake!) only to discover that the elderly couple is involved in something "deeply disturbing." The project was previously announced as "Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1." Also on Universal's slate is "Unfriended" (previously "Cybernatural"), in which a group of teenagers are stalked by a shadowy figure who seeks vengeance for a "shaming video" they posted online that led to a vicious bully's suicide. Previously slated for April 10, 2015, the Timur-Bekmambetov-produced film has been pushed back a week to April 17. The film is the second feature for Russian director Levan Gabriadze ("Lucky Trouble"). Are you looking forward to either »
- Chris Eggertsen
After a sci-fi detour, M. Night Shyamalan is revisiting the genre that launched his career. EW can confirm that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Shyamalan's The Visit, which he will write and produce in addition to directing. The film is currently set for a Sept. 11, 2015 release. Deadline first reported the news. The Visit tells the story of a brother and sister on a weeklong trip at their grandparents' Pennsylvanian farm. While there, the siblings discover their grandparents have been hiding some disturbing secrets, slimming down the children's chances of ever returning home. Shyamalan will produce the film via his studio Blinding Edge Pictures, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Remember that Timur Bekmambetov-created and produced thriller that goes down in real-time from the point-of-view of a teen’s computer? It’s got a new title. Universal just announced that it’s doing away with Cybernatural and running with a more familiar term instead, Unfriended. There’s something cheeky about it, but there’s also no doubt that some will have a tough time taking the new title seriously. In addition to the title change, Unfriended will not hit theaters on April 17, 2015 as previously announced and will arrive on April 10th instead. On top of that, Universal also revealed that one of its upcoming Blumhouse releases is M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit. That one will arrive in theaters on September 11, 2015. Hit the jump for more on both films. Here’s the official synopsis for Unfriended: Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a »
- Perri Nemiroff
The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village: if these M. Night Shyamalan titles make you recall nostalgic moments from your movie watching days of old, then you might be excited by what Blumhouse Productions has in store: a new, low-budget thriller from Shyamalan that Universal has acquired and slated for release next year.
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures will release M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit to theaters on September 11th, 2015. A secretive movie that Shyamalan self-financed, wrote and directed, The Visit was filmed on and near his Pennsylvania property without any big studio involvement.
After shooting commenced, Shyamalan made a deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which this past summer signed a 10-year extension of their first-look arrangement with Universal. The studio liked what they saw and picked up worldwide distribution rights for the film. Here’s the synopsis for The Visit (via Deadline):
“The Visit focuses »
- Derek Anderson
There was a time when M. Night Shyamalan’s name attached to a movie equaled box office gold. Now it’s left off of things on purpose. Either way, his new flick for Universal, The Visit (formerly Sundowning), has scored a release… Continue Reading →
The post Make a Date With M. Night Shayamalan’s The Visit appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Universal Pictures has acquired the distribution rights for M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller The Visit. The studio has set a September 11, 2015 release date, where it will open against Open Road Films' Triple Nine. M. Night Shyamalan himself confirmed the news on his Twitter page earlier today.
We first reported on this project back in March, when it was known as Sundowning. That report revealed that Kathryn Hahn is starring as a single mother whose young children visit their grandparents, and things go terribly awry. Ed Oxenbould playing one of her children. Deadline reports that the story centers on a brother and sister who discover their grandparents are up to something sinister during a week-long trip, as they see their chances of returning home getting smaller every day.
Back in the spring, you might remember hearing a bit about M. Night Shyamlan's next project, which at the time was called Sundowning. However, since then, the filmmaker has been quietly working on the project with no indication of when we might finally see the movie. But that changes today as Universal Pictures has announced that they will release the film, now titled The Visit, next fall on September 11th, 2015. The film was originally named as "Untitled Blumhouse Horror 1" and slated for September 25th, but the project produced by Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Conjuring) will arrive two weeks earlier. The Visit is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and tells the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see »
- Ethan Anderton
The story centers on a brother and sister sent for a week to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm, where they discover that the grandparents are involved something deeply disturbing.
The film has already been shot with cast members under wraps.
“The Visit” is the first Shyamalan film to be released by Universal. The filmmaker saw his greatest successes at Disney with “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs.” Sony released his “After Earth” last year and saw moderate returns with $240 million worldwide on a $130 million budget.
News about “The Visit” was first reported by Deadline.com.
Universal also has »
- Dave McNary
M. Night Shyamalan‘s new film has a new title and a 2015 release date. Produced as a self-funded indie, Shyamalan’s new picture was originally called Sundowning, but has now been given the title The Visit. He’s partnered with Blumhouse Productions, and through the Blumhouse connection with Universal set that studio as the distribution home for […]
The post New M. Night Shyamalan Film ‘The Visit’ Dated for 2015 appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Remember when M. Night Shyamalan movies used to be an event? Well, after a long period of diminishing returns, it has been quite some time since the filmmaker stirred up that kind of fervor. But, Universal is hoping that by keeping his next movie sorta secret, it can build up some anticipation, and today they set a September 11, 2015 release date for—wait for it—"The Visit" (oooooooh). So what's it about? Well, it tells the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home grow smaller every day. We're pretty sure this is the same movie that was previously announced as "Sundowning" earlier this year, with Kathryn Hahn and child actor Ed Oxenbould in the lead roles. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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