Last year, M. Night Shyamalan struck a deal with Media Rights Capital and formed a label called “The Night Chronicles,” which has him developing and producing one film a year from 2010 to 2012. For the second feature in this deal, Night has joined forces with Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling for a supernatural thriller called Twelve Strangers. After the jump, we’ve got a bunch of info about Night’s other projects.
To recap: the first film in The Night Chronicles is a movie called Devil, which has one of the most simple and effective loglines I can remember: “A group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil.” It’s is post production now, and stars a lot of people I recognize by face, but not by name: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Geoffrey Arend, Bokeem Woodbine, and Bojana Novakovic. Directed by John and Drew Dowdle, it will be released on February 11th, 2011.
Twelve Strangers is still shrouded in secrecy, but Deadline says it “involves a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural.” I haven’t seen Buried yet, but if writer Chris Sparling can craft an interesting script that takes place entirely inside a coffin, it’s enough to make me curious about his future work. I haven’t completely bailed from the M. Night Shyamalan bandwagon, so perhaps his work as a producer will get him back in the creative groove and move his career forward again.
The enigmatic director has been shopping a new project around Hollywood, only allowing it to be read under the close supervision of one of his assistants. The Hangover and The A-Team star Bradley Cooper is attached to the untitled project, playing a father searching for his missing child who has to delve into the supernatural to locate the kid.
Shyamalan has had a bit of a fall from grace with his last few films – a fall that may or may not continue with the release of The Last Airbender next week. Do you think Night is better off as a producer, or would you like to see him remain in the director’s chair?