Get used to that title, you are going to be seeing a lot more of it.
M. Night Shyamalan has signed a deal with Media Rights Capital to form The Night Chronicles, a financing and production partnership that aims to produce one thriller a year for the next three years.
Shyamalan will not direct any of these films, but he will produce them and be responsible for the stories and ideas.
So what can we expect from this new deal?
Thrillers with twist endings and plenty of money for Shyamalan.
Media Rights’ honcho Tory Metzger said:
“These films will be based on ideas in keeping with what has made Night so successful, and has made him unique to his time.”
No firm plans have been set yet, but M.Night has two possible projects that may get the ball rolling.
The most interesting aspect of this new partnership is the amount of control that Shyamalan will get. His recent deal on The Happening gave him 25% of the film (by that I mean controlling rights of the negative) and 50% of the film’s revenue (DVD and television etc) and this new pact is expected to be equally rewarding,
The filmmaker is quoted as saying:
“Filmmakers have always been my inspiration. Working with the next wave of innovative filmmakers will teach me many things that I can bring to my own writing/directing and give my stories the opportunity to be brought to the screen in a stunning way.”
It would appear that Shyamlan is going down the George Lucas route of film-making, where he becomes more of an ideas man and talent facilitator than a director – but I could be wrong.
This is very interesting news, I know that M.Night has a lot of people out there who hate him (it’s a strong word, but I feel it’s accurate) but I feel that he’s a great director, who often gets fantastic performances from his actors (Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson in particular).
At the very least these films should be mildly diverting. At their best they could be of the same quality of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
When there is more news on these films, Screen Rant will keep you posted.