Well, what do we have here? M. Night Shyamalan is apparently out making a "microfilm", or a film on a microbudget, titled Sundowning and is shooting it as we speak. Maybe Shyamalan did heed the advice of critics and go back home to make something small and independent. Our friends at SlashFilm have noticed Shyamalan tweeting recently about Sundowning, which is now shooting mostly around Philadelphia as he at one point mentions digging out a house covered in a foot of snow. It may or may not have anything to do with Shyamalan's other new film Labor of Love, which just got Bruce Willis, as M. Night boasts at another point "the cast is sensational." This instead seems to be a horror: "They literally jumped out of their seats." Here's a look at some of the media for Sundowning so far, all of it from Shyamalan's own twitter account: In addition to photos, »
- Alex Billington
At this point I'm not sure how many fans M. Night Shyamalan has left, at least how many of them are actually looking forward to whatever project he has coming up next rather than looking back fondly at films such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but he continues to work and his latest project is something he's referred to on Twitter as a "microfilm" titled Sundowning, and filming is underway in snowy Philadelphia. Shyamalan hasn't revealed any of the cast, but throughout mid-February he was tweeting table read updates and now he's posted to WhoSay the above shot of a clapperboard from the film's production just yesterday anouncing "Day 5" of the movie is complete. Slashfilm has done some sleuthing and found on M. Night Fans (hey, I guess there still are some dedicated fans) speculation the film could include Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington. I guess that might get »
- Brad Brevet
Once upon a time, M. Night Shyamalan could do no wrong. By the time "After Earth" came along, his name was much, much smaller in the ads than its stars Will and Jaden Smith, if his name was to be found at all.
Either by choice or necessity, Shyamalan's latest project is very small and hasn't been getting a ton of press. He's been tweeting about a "microfilm" project he's working on for the past few months, revealing a few choice details here and there, and has just started posting photos from the set. Principal photography began on the 19th in Philly, and his latest snap was of the clapboard and movie title, "Sundowning." It sounds unlikely that this is the project M. Night has planned with Bruce Willis, which was announced at the Berlin Film Festival at the end of January. "Sundowning" sounds a little spooky -- Shyamalan refers »
- Jenni Miller
After some big budget missteps, M. Night Shyamalan is dialing things back for his next movie. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director is currently filming a small film called Sundowning, which reportedly only has a cast and crew of 10. Shyamalan is revealing small details about the film on his Twitter, where he posted this […]
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- Germain Lussier
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
It may have been hard out there when Terrence Howard was a pimp, but the actor is having an easy time finding work these days. He had a busy 2013, appearing in no fewer than six films, including The Best Man Holiday and Prisoners. However, it was Howard’s brief stint in the all-star cast for Lee Daniels’ The Butler that brought him the biggest audience and the connection to what may be a major role on the small screen.
The actor is now set to star in a pilot of the hip hop drama Empire for Fox, which Lee Daniels will direct. Daniels will also co-write the pilot with his Butler screenwriter Danny Strong. On Empire, Howard will play Lucious Lyon, a rap record company executive. Lyon is “charismatic, tough, wise and a superstar in the music industry who oversees Empire Entertainment and is about to take the company public, »
- Jordan Adler
Greta Lee (Girls) is set to co-star opposite Natasha Lyonne in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Lee, repped by CAA, Regarding Entertainment and Kimberly Jaime, plays Alix, Nadia’s loyal friend with a type A personality and “will not fail” attitude. She will be seen in Fox’s M. Night Shyamalan’s event series Wayward Pines and features St. Vincent de Van Nuys and While We’re Young. Derek Webster (Revolution) has booked a role on ABC alien drama pilot The Visitors from Amblin TV. It chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Variety’s chief film critic Justin Chang participated in a Reddit Ama this morning, where he answered questions ranging from his favorite movie to how he avoids tabloid noise surrounding celebrities and filmmakers. Below are five things Chang said about his life as a film critic:
Have you ever had second thoughts on a review after publication? Have you ever come around to different view about a movie you panned or raved?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a dramatic reversal on an opinion that made its way into print, but I do recall having a very bizarre aversion to “School of Rock” when I saw it more than 10 years ago, and since then it’s become one of my favorite [Richard] Linklater movies. (Hey, sometimes you just have a bad night.)
How did you wind up writing film reviews? Did you start as a filmmaker yourself or did »
- Justin Chang
“Labor of Love” has seduced Australia (Roadshow), Spain (Corbi), Iceland (Myndform), Israel (United King), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Poland (Kino Swiat), Eastern Europe (Multi-territory) (Grandview) and Malaysia (Golden Screen).
Deals were for France (Metropolitan), Italy (Andrea Leone), Latin America (Gussi), Japan (Shochiku).
Canada (Vvs), Scandinavia (Svensk), Benelux (Dfw) and Middle East (Italia) had been previously announced.
The reteaming Shyamalan and Willis made “Labor of Love” an “event,” Ford said. The director flew in to Berlin to have wall-to-wall meetings talking buyers through his ideas for “Labor of Love.”
“That was a huge help and that injected a lot of life and vitality into everything, »
- John Hopewell
Berlin’s 2014 European Film Market saw a late sales rally, one record claimed, a few hot sellers and even some surprises. But as one producer-distributor put it, there were “not enough good screenplays nor good directors nor buyers.”
“It’s not just that this market is so slow,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz continued. “There are far too many markets in the year. Two markets should go.”
Im Global announced many major-market sales on “Labor of Love,” reteaming M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis. Toymaker Mattel’s hoped-for live-action franchise “Max Steel,” another Im Global title, sold most of the world, said Im Global’s Stuart Ford.
K5 rolled out a second Willis title, the futuristic “Vice.”
- John Hopewell and Patrick Frater
Exclusive: The increasingly prolific Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films has promoted Tim Sullivan from development exec to director of development and Jessica Welch to production executive. She had been executive assistant at the company run by Randall Emmett and George Furla. This comes as the company follows Lone Survivor by financing/producing the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver. Efof also just committed to finance Labor Of Love, marking a reteam of Sixth Sense‘s M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis, with Stuart Ford’s Im Global selling international at Berlin. They wrapped production on The Prince last month, and are getting close on the Tupac Shakur biopic, a film based on Hasbro’s Monopoly and Universal’s Everest. Related: Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films As for the promotions, Sullivan started at »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
One of the most depressing facts in the world is that the most important lessons we learn in life come from our mistakes. Most of the time, we commit these sins unwittingly, and the lesson ends up being that we’re too oblivious to know that The Last Airbender didn’t have a chance at being any good.
But these end up being some of the most valuable experiences we are dealt in life. Our egos are inflated enough for us to believe that we always know best, and that terrible viewing of that certain film has now taught you that you should no longer trust M. Night Shyamalan, no matter what franchise he’s dealing with.
Still, it’s much better to learn from the mistakes of others rather than on our own. Here are some of the ones that have affected me the most that »
- Jon Negroni
Dave and Devindra aren’t fans of Quentin Tarantino’s legal actions, discuss what e-mail filters to set up in the event of an internet mob attack, picture what Speed would look like inside a concert hall, and try to get excited about the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. Amy Nicholson joins us from La Weekly and the Voice Film Club. Be sure to read why Philip Seymour Hoffman […] »
- David Chen
What appeared to be another week of ho-hum news stories was once again dramatically changed by Warner Bros, who continued their tradition of releasing shocking casting information for Batman Vs. Superman on a Friday, giving fans everywhere something to talk about (and loudly debate) over the weekend.
On the other side of the superhero front, we have some Phase 3 news from Marvel, and got our first (albeit cringe-worthy) glimpses at some characters from X-Men: Days of Future past. And for those not interested in mutants and caped crusaders, we have word about several projects including yet another King Arthur adaptation (though this one is huge), a third kidnap spree for Liam Neeson, info about M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, and our first glimpse at the costume Peter Capaldi will be donning as the Twelfth Doctor later this year.
- James Garcia
Telluride Film Festival Won’t Back Down from ‘Sneak Preview’ Premieres.
Why Labor Of Love will be the most important film in M. Night Shyamalan’s career by Drew McWeeny - A Brief History of Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar Campaign Shenanigans. - Discussing Terence Davies with Criterion’s Michael Koresky. -
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According to Deadline.com, the production is slated to begin in September and it has been reported that the producers will shop around for an international distributor at the Berlin Film Festival, The Verge reported.
Shyamalan has said that his story is about what he felt when he first got married. (Ani) »
- Machan Kumar
M. Night Shyamalan is re-teaming with his “Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable” star Bruce Willis for a new movie. That’s the good news. The bad news? It’s not the sequel to “Unbreakable” that we’ve all been waiting for and that Shyamalan has been stringing us along for years now. Instead, it’s … a drama about a guy who walks across the country in memory of his dead wife. The movie will be based on a script Shyamalan wrote years ago in 1993 and sold, but never got the chance to make. I guess now he’ll get his chance. In “Labor of Love,” Willis would play “a Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if »
Director M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis have worked on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable together. That was a time when Shyamalan was making great movies, and it seemed like he had a good career ahead of him. The two talents are looking to team up again for a movie called Labor of Love.
What makes this project interesting is the fact that it's one of the first scripts that Shyamalan sold. Fox picked it up back in 1993, but it didn't go anyway because Shyamalan wanted to direct it, and they didn't want him to. It was years before he directed The Sixth Sense. Several years ago Denzel Washington was looking to do it, but it didn't pan out.
The story doesn't have the supernatural elements that we have come to expect from the writer/director. This is a smaller scale film in which Willis would play a "Philadelphia book »
- Joey Paur
M. Night Shyamalan’s last few movies have failed to find much success either critically or commercially, but there’s no denying the fact that teaming with Bruce Willis on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable really worked out rather well for the writer and director.
According to Deadline, Shyamalan is now in talks to reteam with Willis for Labor Of Love, a movie based on one of the very first screenplays sold early on in his career. The project landed at 20th Century Fox in 1993, but got no further than that as the studio was reluctant to allow him to direct at the time. Production is expected to begin in mid-September in Philadelphia.
The site adds that the movie will see, “Willis will play a Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion »
- Josh Wilding
If you miss the good old days of M. Night Shyamalan movies, you may be in luck with the announcement via Deadline that his next project features a script he wrote early in his career. Also, he's reteaming with Bruce Willis, star of his two best features, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Of course, now our expectations are built way up again for a filmmaker who has disappointed us way too many times. Also, the script, titled Labor of Love, goes back even further than the Sixth Sense days when everything was suspense and twists. But that could still be a good thing, and definitely the Willis involvement doesn't hurt at all. There are a lot of regular director and actor team-ups that we love, such as Scorsese and De Niro, Scorsese and DiCaprio, Fellini and Mastroianni...
- Christopher Campbell
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