The Last Exorcism director Daniel Stamm is set to direct Reincarnate, the next film in M. Night Shyamalan's "Night Chronicles" series of films. The first "Night Chronicles" film is Devil, which comes out this weekend.
Per Deadline's report, Reincarnate, formerly known as Twelve Strangers, is about "a jury haunted by supernatural forces while deciding the fate of an accused murderer." Stamm is directing from a script by Chris Sparling, who wrote the upcoming Ryan Reynolds suspense film Buried.
With Reincarnate, production company Media Rights Capital faces an unusual challenge: keeping M. Night Shyamalan's name out of the marketing. Anyone who has been in a theater during a preview for Devil has probably seen how negatively audiences react to Shyamalan's name (we recently featured a hilarious video mocking this phenomenon). As soon as M. Night Shyamalan pops up on screen, the crowd boos and/or laughs like crazy.
It's understandable why crowds express such distaste for Shyamalan. I was a fan up through Lady in the Water (yeah, that far), but The Happening was awful and fans of The Last Airbender will never forgive him for ruining their favorite cartoon. Besides his recent track record of stinkers, the once vaunted Hollywood director is also known for having an over-sized ego (and for inserting himself into all of his movies).
And it is that very ego that may be the problem. Shyamalan is a producer on this series of movies and I doubt that he's going to want to disassociate himself from them completely. If he doesn't though, the "Night Chronicles" movies may suffer at the box office. Of course, this all assumes that Devil doesn't connect with audiences this weekend, which most certainly is not a foregone conclusion. I suppose only time will tell.
In any case, I am excited to see Daniel Stamm attached to this project. I really enjoyed The Last Exorcism and I admire Stamm's directorial style. It should be a good match for the twisty-turny horror that M. Night Shyamalan used to be known for and is (hopefully) bringing back with Devil and Reincarnate.