M. Night Shyamalan’s career has rebounded after a few rocky misses at the theater. Right now, he is promoting the new Apple TV+ series ‘Servant’, which he produced and directed two episodes of. But he is already planning his next cinematic exploits, which will continue the tone he established with his self-financed “come back” film, ‘The Visit’.
“I just had two movie ideas I felt very strongly about. For me, there are ideas and they’re in journals sometimes and they don’t quite have the meat yet or whatever that thing is that makes it so I’m ready to commit two years of my life to making this—to writing and directing this—some of those ideas don’t have that yet. They have to gestate a little bit. But there were two ideas where right away I was thinking about making them. And, interesting enough, there might be a third thing that came to me that might end up going in between these two. So there might be three.”
He then added:
“I’m loving this approach from The Visit on where they’re minimal, contained, I own them, we take big tonal risks and try to hit that note of absurd-but-grounded, that dark humor moment and deal with some complicated things and not necessarily take the audience where they’re comfortable, both during or even at the end. That’s all mitigated because we’re working with a respectable number and I feel like I’m being a good partner to my distributors. I like that because it allows me to iterate really fast in the making of these stories, so those films follow that architecture of approach and process. Even if it’s tricking myself into being more dangerous, it’s working because when I think about these three films that I’m thinking about—all weird and dark—I think that they speak to each other a little bit.”
Shyamalan is a well-known filmmaker, but he can be hit or miss. But he is owning his work, literally, financing his movies on his own. Luckily, his movies are fairly intimate and don’t demand a studio to put up millions and millions.
Are you intrigued to see what M. Night Shyamalan has cooked up for the future?