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How do you go about adapting a supposedly unadapatable text? While faithful translations tend not to artistically successful, a faithful adaptation with fetishistic attention to detail can create something unique. While Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had it comparatively easy when adapting Miller’s Sin City to screen as they more or less would just be recreating paintings but with moving parts, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation painstakingly recreated much of Alan Moore’s tome by hand, capturing much of Moore’s world in camera. Snyder creates a lived-in and breathing universe, a key part to selling the idea to the audience of this time-hopping opus about the natural decline of superheroism. Watchmen is often accused of being too literal, speaking in the language of comics instead of cinema, but it is precisely this literal approach that makes Watchmen a stellar page-to-screen success. By being a “literal” film, it becomes personal, »
It’s been a full 11 years since Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan last collaborated for The Village, a somewhat divisive thriller that failed to match the box office heights of Signs, which drew in over $400 million worldwide in 2002. Nevertheless, fast forward to the here and now and Deadline reports that the pair are close to reuniting for a brand new project.
According to the outlet, Phoenix has entered negotiations to topline the as-yet-untitled film. Granted, his would-be collaboration with Shyamalan isn’t the only potential reunion on the cards, as the director’s latest is to be produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures banner. Over the past few months, Shyamalan has worked in tandem with the horror maestro for his upcoming genre piece The Visit, itself described as a twisted, modernized take on the famed tale of Hansel and Gretel.
Little-to-no information has been released about the filmmaker »
- Michael Briers
With Wayward Pines drawing decent reviews on TV and some buzz about his latest film, The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan is hoping for a career upswing after the likes of The Last Airbender and After Earth. He’s got a new, untitled movie set up with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, and he has Joaquin Phoenix negotiating for a lead role.The pair, of course, are old collaborators, with Phoenix having appeared in both Signs and The Village. This new one is being kept a closely guarded secret, but it will, as is often the case with the director, shoot in Philadelphia (he likes to stay close to home with most of his movies). And, like The Visit – budgeted at Blumhouse’s standard $5 million, which Shyamalan put up himself – it’ll be another less expensive effort. Especially compared to the last time Phoenix worked with him. Shyamalan will start the »
After a string of flops that did some damage to his sterling reputation, M. Night Shyamalan seems poised for a comeback with his thriller The Visit this fall. It must be pretty good, because it's convinced one of his more famous collaborators to reunite with the innovative, yet much maligned, filmmaker. Though, at this time, there is not much more to go on than the talent behind the project.
After appearing in M. Night Shyamalan's third blockbuster smash Signs in 2002, Joaquin Phoenix was quick to rejoin the director for 2004's The Village. But that thriller was the first sign that interest was starting to wane in M. Night Shyamalan, and some of the magic was drifting away. The pair haven't made a movie since, with more than ten years passing. Now, the duo are ready to reunite for an untitled project. Though it isn't know if this will be a thriller, »
M. Night Shyamalan’s star has been on the steady decline since “The Sixth Sense” set his bar almost unattainably high in 1999. There are some adamant “Signs” fans, and you might even find an apologist or two for “The Village” if you ask around. But “The Happening,” “Lady in the Water” (did anyone see that?), “The Last Airbender,” “After Earth” —none of these are good movies. The director's freshman film was 1992's “Praying with Anger” and concerns the journey of an East Indian teen to India from the States to revisit his roots. Six years later, Shyamalan wrote and directed “Wide Awake,” another film about a boy tapping into his past; this time, the protagonist is a ten-year-old searching for God in the wake of his grandfather’s passing. It starred Rosie O’Donnell as a nun (did you even know Rosie O’Donnell was in an M. Night Shyamalan movie, »
- Zach Hollwedel
M. Night Shyamalan is coming back to cinemas next month, but in a bit of a different form than we're used to from the filmmaker. There's no big budgets, or starry cast, or a big juicy hook—at least one that has been revealed just yet—to snare viewers. It's modestly priced little found footage horror flick "The Visit," and maybe it's just the right size project to put the director back into top form. Read More: M. Night Shyamalan Says 10-Year-Olds Love 'The Last Airbender,' TV Could Be Right Place For 'Unbreakable' Sequel Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, and Olivia DeJonge star in the movie about a couple of kids who go to their grandparents house for the weekend. No problem right? Well, turns out the elderly duo are hella weird, and soon the kids fears seem to have some very valid concerns behind them. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Once called the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan floated away on his hubris and drank his own Kool Aid. His first couple of movies are considered classics. The later half of his career has been riddled with one flop after the next. Now, he is poised for a comeback, with the indie horror movie The Visit. But as he sets out to launch this economic thriller that takes him back to his roots, the fan roar for a sequel to one of his earliest hits keeps growing louder day by day. We've heard murmurs that it could happen. And now, M. Night Shyamalan claims that an idea is indeed percolating. But Unbreakable 2 is not going to look, feel or sound like Unbreakable. The studio might not even touch it, as it doesn't really read as a sequel.
This sounds about right when looking at M. Night Shyamalan's career trajectory. »
In the penultimate episode of this ‘event drama’ things take a disturbing turn. With feelings running high, expectations weighting heavy upon Matt Dillon’s Ethan Burke and the towns folk out for blood, it was bound to turn nasty.
As power starts slipping away from David Pilcher and his sister continues undermining him, Wayward Pines simmers over like a prison riot. With the true realisation of their situation beginning to dawn, vigilante behaviour seeps through the pores of these indoctrinated individuals. While ritual execution once used as a deterrent, is now considered the norm in a community rift with frustration.
As ever the key to Wayward Pines remains Matt Dillon. Closely followed by Melissa Leo in a role which has evolved week on week, while Jones has devolved into delusion. Shannyn Sossman and Charlie Tahan remain effective in their roles as »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the release of Rwby Volume 1 – out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th June 2015 – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway! From Rooster Teeth, the production team behind internet sensation Red Vs Blue, comes this original CG web-series about four girls who team up to form Rwby and battle supernatural forces! Inspired by hit series such as Naruto, Fairy Tail and Avatar: The Last Airbender, the hotly anticipated Rwby already has the makings of a modern anime-style classic!
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- Phil Wheat
To celebrate the release of Rwby Volume 1 – out on DVD & Blu-ray 29th June 2015 – we have a copy on DVD to giveaway!
From Rooster Teeth, the production team behind internet sensation Red Vs Blue, comes this original CG web-series about four girls who team up to form Rwby and battle supernatural forces!
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- Gary Collinson
We look back at M Night Shyamalan's much-vilified fantasy movie, and ask if anything could have saved it...
“The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.”
So began Roger Ebert's review of The Last Airbender. It sounds harsh, but Ebert's half-star verdict was fairly representative of the tidal wave of criticism that engulfed director M. Night Shyamalan's most expensive and, ultimately, most derided film yet.
But unlike other misfires from Shyamalan, this wasn't based on his own original idea. It was the first of a planned trilogy based on the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was hugely acclaimed for its visual sense, engrossing storytelling and lively, vibrant characters. What went wrong? It's almost harder to try and figure out what, if anything, went right.
I am willing to give M. Night Shyamalan a little leeway for films after The Village. The Lady In The Water was not great but it also wasn't awful. It becomes more difficult with movies like The Happening, but there is absolutely no excuse for The Last Airbender. Having seen a screening with studio executives present, I could easily tell they were freaking out at the piss poor reaction we were giving the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but his films do get people talking. Five years after the much-reviled The Last Airbender and 15 years after the much-loved Unbreakable, he’s still fielding questions about both. While on the press tour for his latest endeavor, the actually pretty well-reviewed Wayward Pines, Shyamalan offered his latest […]
- Angie Han
Out doing press for the show, many questions still deal with his past efforts from the widely reviled "The Last Airbender," to some of his more early acclaimed work such as the superhero origin story "Unbreakable".
Now fifteen years old, there's been talk of a sequel to the latter for many years, talk that has never panned out as such. Speaking with IGN, Shyamalan has revealed that one potential idea is that a follow-up could go the small screen route:
"Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That's cool. I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that's in another form, and a third one's in a different form. »
- Garth Franklin
At this point, the idea that M. Night Shyamalan.s The Last Airbender was a big-budget, box-office disaster is well established in the ignominious annals of cinematic stinkers. While the film was widely panned by the critic community for a number of reasons, it seems that the director is offering up a different explanation: It was made for 9-year-olds, and adults didn't get that. Recently speaking to IGN about his latest role as a producer on the Fox television series Wayward Pines, Shyamalan sportingly indulged a topic shift to one of his most notorious failures in 2010.s The Last Airbender and even offers up a theory as to why audiences just weren.t receptive to the adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series. According to Shyamalan: My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I »
M. Night Shyamalan is currently enjoying what has become a rarity in recent years — critical acclaim and a bonafide hit. His Fox series "Wayward Pines" has emerged as one of the highlights on the spring TV listings, and with the found footage horror "The Visit" around the corner, we could be on the cusp on a Shyamalaissance. But the director has always taken his knocks in stride, and one of his most savagely reviewed efforts, the big screen version of the popular children's series "The Last Airbender," he says is a favorite of the intended audience. Read More: Watch: International Trailer For M. Night Syamalan's 'The Visit' Brings New Footage And Scares "My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the ' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in January M. Night Shyamalan revealed that he would love to make a sequel to his much loved movie Unbreakable and in a recent interview with IGN the filmmaker reiterated his hopes that a sequel might still happen, only this time for television.
When asked about the possibility of an Unbreakable sequel being developed for television Shyamalan replied:
“As a way to continue the story, yes. That would [interest me]…I really love where we are. Could you do a six-episode Unbreakable series on Netflix or HBO? Yeah! That’s cool.”
The director went into more detail about plans on how he could take the story forward:
“I even had an idea of doing a story that goes in one form, and a second part that’s in another form, and a third one’s in a different form. You never do the same form. »
- Gavin Logan
During a promotional interview with IGN for his new TV series Wayward Pines, director M. Night Shyamalan got onto the topic of adaptations, and in particular his big screen take on Avatar: The Last Airbender and the negative reception to the movie from both fans and even the animated series’ creators.
“It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old,” states Shyamalan. “My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt »
- Gary Collinson
Like their '90s filmmaking geek compatriot Kevin Smith, The Wachowskis have seen their critical standing sink further and further the deeper we get into the 21st century. In our current franchise-minded world, one might have expected the Wachowskis to be greeted as saviors with their return to original sci-fi filmmaking in “Jupiter Ascending.” Instead the directing duo turned in the year’s most derided (if not reviled) film. To add insult to injury, Screen Junkies has seen fit to give the Wachowskis’ film the “Honest Trailer” treatment, joining the ranks of such unparalleled genius as the “Twilight” series, “Grown Ups” and “The Last Airbender.” Running over five minutes long, the “Honest Trailer” of much-ridiculed film doesn’t hide its disappointment in the film and the directors – a view shared by many critics, including us in our review – and really dives deep into the problems with the film, going as »
- Cain Rodriguez
Written by Blake Crouch
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
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