For well over a decade, it’s been en vogue to sling mud at writer/director M. Night Shyamalan. The filmmaker had a promising enough start to his career, but after making The Village, critical and fan acclaim for his flicks have taken a nosedive. It almost seemed like nothing out there could salvage his career.
However, last year’s The Visit really began to turn around the whole narrative. While it wasn’t an amazing film, it was a movie that could be firmly placed in the “solid” category. Last year saw the premiere of Shyamalan’s latest film, Split, and even moreso, this flick proves that there’s still plenty of juice left for the filmmaker.
But let’s not act like Shyamalan’s been sitting back and doing nothing between 2013’s After Earth and The Visit. He was also Executive Producer on the Fox series Wayward Pines (not to mention an upcoming reboot of Tales from the Crypt), where Stranger Things (a series that took Netflix and the world by storm last year) creators The Duffer Brothers got their start in directing for TV. Well, it looks like Shyamalan may be looking forward to the brothers returning the favor.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Shyamalan playfully implied that he’d be more than interested in directing an episode for Season 2 of Stranger Things.
"My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me. They were round my house and I was like, 'Well, you can hire me back guys!'"
This, to me, would seem like a great fit. In all honesty, I’ve never felt that Shyamalan’s shortcomings had anything to do with his directing. Just take a look at the movie Signs. While you can pick apart its narrative, every shot seemed to be planned with great care, and the performances intentionally crafted. If he could bring the visual and performance strengths to Stranger Things, that could mean great things for an already-strong series.
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SOURCE: Digital Spy