It isn’t often that you hear about a famous director creating a film in secret but that is exactly what M Night Shyamalan (‘Unbreakable’,’The Village’) did in his upcoming film ‘The Visit.’ After his smash success of ‘The Sixth Sense,’ I’m pretty sure most of us can agree that he has been on a downward spiral in the quality of his films since that time. While some will root for ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Signs,’ that was pretty much the end of his successful career in the director’s chair as both ‘The Last Airbender’ and ‘After Earth‘ were huge CGI messes that didn’t do well with reviewers, audiences, or the box office.
I would argue that the film he wrote and produced in 2010, ‘Devil’ was a well written and fun ride but he wasn’t in the director’s chair for that one. So, planned for next year is a new film called ‘The Visit’ which has been a well kept secret… until now that is. The film is a return to his roots and is a low budget thriller that Universal Pictures will be distributing.
While an official synopsis has not yet been released we do know that ‘The Visit’ “focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.”
That sounds vague enough to be a typical Shyamalan film but will hopefully be able to pack the punch that his earlier work was able to manage. He seems to have a lot of faith in it as he self-financed the film that he just shot around his home in Pennsylvania. Of course with a low budget route in mind he made the right call and teamed up with Blumhouse who has a more than successful track record at box office.
What do you think of the early details on the latest film by Shyamalan? Does this sound like a movie worth watching or are you just done with anything that has his name on it? If you are done, which of his films was the final nail in the coffin for you?
Source: Screen Junkies