M. Night Shyamalan Filming Low-Budget Thriller ‘Sundowning’; Cast and Plot Details

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After a promising early career, director M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years after he released a trio of duds: The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. The latter two also represent the biggest budgets that Shyamalan has ever handled as director, and despite each scraping by with a profit at the box office it’s unlikely that we’ll see sequels any time soon.

Instead, Shyamalan has turned his attention to a low-budget thriller called Sundowning, which he has been filming in Philadelphia for the past few weeks. Shyamalan also wrote the script and is co-producing alongside Ashwin Rajan (Devil) and Marc Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal).

Sundowning has flown largely under the radar until now, with the exception of the snowy production photos that Shyamalan has been sharing on social media (see below), but new casting details have emerged via TheWrap, confirming that Sundowning will star Kathryn Hahn (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and young actor Ed Oxenbould (Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Day). MTV was the first to break the news of Hahn’s casting on Twitter, adding that the film appears to be focused on just seven characters.

According to a brief synopsis from TheWrap, “Hahn plays a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… and things go very wrong.” Oxenbould will play her son, a boy who is very protective of his sister. The mention of grandparents ties into the film’s title, which refers to a psychological state suffered by people with dementia, causing increased confusion and restlessness during and after sunset. During the script read in February, Shyamalan shared some of his impressions and optimism on Twitter:

“Had a read thru with the cast. It was the smallest table of any movie. About ten of us in a small room at at hotel. Amazing! There were three people there who hadn’t read the script and read smaller parts. They literally jumped out of their seats. The cast is sensational. The performances were so captivating. I was walking on air as I went home. I hope I don’t screw this up.”

Perhaps this return to smaller, character-driven filmmaking is just what Shyamalan’s career needs to get back on track. We’re certainly intrigued to hear more about Sundowning‘s set-up.


We’ll keep you updated on Sundowning as production continues.

Source: TheWrap, M. Night Shyamalan (via /Film)

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  1. HA

    • Ha? why ha?

  2. Low budget thriller, sounds like shamyalanan is right back where he belongs and away from avatar tla.

  3. Kill it with fire!

  4. How he still gets movie deals is beyond belief … smh

    • Why? Despite what your opinion of his work is, the study looks at this: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Director&id=shyamalan.htm Two of his last three movies each earned $100 million in profit. The Sixth Sense earned a $600 million dollar profit. Those are only the box office, not rentals, downloads and dvd sales.

      • *studio

      • the last good movie he mad was probably The sixth Sense .. since then hes been making horrible movies with bad review all over the place *Fact* also the reason hes movies are still making profits is that he gets lucky enough to have a huge star to play in the movie or it has a huge fan base. reason why this time he gets a low bugtet film and frankly i think its better for him he usually makes good results

        • Unbreakable came after the Sixth Sense.

          • my mistake about that .. but still he still has a great cast. but that movie was actually good.

  5. The biggest Shyamalan twist in Shyamalan’s life is that in the end people still help him make more movies, even though they’ve seen the last ones he made.

  6. Maybe just maybe Shyamalan has another good movie in him.
    At this point in his career all he needs is an ok movie and the tide may turn but if his attitude hasn’t changed no matter how this movie is received he’ll never be able to redeem his reputation.

  7. And the whole universe cried out in symphony, “WHO CARES?!”

    Kidding aside, I was reading through the quote at the end, and to me, it seemed like he was overselling it. Emphasis on *seemed*. My opinion on the quote slightly changed with the last sentence, “I hope I don’t screw it up”.

    Pretty humble of him, I suppose. He’s not ignoring the fact that his past movies were horrible.

  8. He just got carried away with all of his movies. Every movie he made after “Sixth Sense” had to have a twist or surprises in the end which most people kind of knew going to his movie and thats basically what killed killed after Sixth Sense. Even watching his recent movie “DEVIL”; you knew there’s a twist or a surprised at the end and sure enough there was! Except for Avatar cause he didnt write it! LOL!

    • Well, technically he DID write the Last Airbender movie script, which is probably why it sucked so bad. However, I understand what you’re trying to say. :P

    • There was a “twist” in The Last Airbender. He added the scene where the Blue Spirit is discovered to be Prince Zuko. He probably left that in only so that people can say, “what a twist”. It felt out of place in the movie because it had no consequence or any effect but in the show it was awesome.

  9. I’m not sure about he directing a low budget thriller,he made (not directed,but he was pretty much the creative mind behind it) Devil,which wasn’t good. I’m more interested in that drama he was supposed to do with Bruce Willis. I know all his movies since Unbreakable (some people like Signs,I personally don’t) were bad, but I’m still hoping for a comeback. And I want to see Bruce Willis doing something good as well,enough with the sleepwalking in generic action films. Only good one he did in a while was Looper,and he was great in it.

  10. The Last Airbender is hands down the worst movie I have ever seen. With all that fantastic material to work from as a result of one of the best animated shows ever, how, jut how did he mess it up so bad???

    Oh, and It’s Ang, NOT Ong.

    I hate this guy.

  11. Sixth sense..that’s it. all other movie were supppper overrated esp that Unbreakable. Don’t know why people think its a good film

    • …because it is a great film.

  12. “Shyamalan also wrote the script”

    Well, there goes any interest I had in this one.

    I was a Shyamalan apologist right up until Airbender. Even though every one of his movies was objectively worse than the last, it was only The Happening that I didn’t completely enjoy. But the weakest link of any Shyamalan movie is the fact that Shyamalan writes it.

    I’ve always thought he was a naturally gifted director of children, though, which makes this movie appealing. The child characters in Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs all give really natural performances, even with really hard material.

  13. Kathryn Hahn is in it,so I will watch it.

  14. Sound like a must see. Don’t know about ‘career getting back on track’ as Shyamalan has never left any track. All of his movies are so great! (Including ‘The Last Airbender’) I simply don’t understand why people don’t like his works. I hope they will give him a second chance. I also heard that Denzel Washington will star this movie witch sounds good to me. Shyamalan is my favorite director and Washington is my favorite actor. (No references to the foundingfather intended.) :0)