No one makes a movie like M. Night Shyamalan. Even his failures tend to fail as no one else would have them fail. I’m one of those people who enjoyed Lady in the Water and The Village, and even though Glass was a bit awkward in the storytelling, it still felt completely unlike anything else out there — be it in streaming or in theaters. So, no matter what happens, I’m pretty much on board for all things Shyamalan.
It sounds like Universal is on board too, for while Glass didn’t exactly hit the chord many were hoping, it still took in $240 million-plus, meaning it more than 12xed its budget — and that’s a success no matter which way you slice it.
Now, THR is reporting that Universal is continuing their partnership for at least two more movies. The studio has set two more Shyamalan thrillers, dated for theatrical release on February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.
Sadly, there no details surrounding these projects, but last month, the filmmaker did share news of his new spec draft, which he was in the midst of draft two on, so that film is likely his next project.
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer said in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”
“There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films,” Shyamalan added. “They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”
With these two movies being so close together, one has to expect Shyamalan at least has an idea of what that second film will be, and I can’t help but wonder if he hopes to connect them in some way, perhaps taking a similar approach as his Unbreakable films. Then again, that last part is complete conjecture on my part. Given the smaller scope of his movies, it’s just possible that he’s able to crank them out faster than your other average film.
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