M. Night Shyamalan terrified Universal with Split's twist ending

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In M. Night Shyamalan’s “beach that makes you old” movie, the aptly titled Old, the director returns to a familiar fear: What happens when a parent fails to protect their child? Since his 1999 breakout, The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan has populated his idiosyncratic universe of anxiety with parents who fail to parent, mentors who fail to instruct, and doctors who fail to cure. Across his filmography, characters find themselves facing extraordinary situations because a person of authority falls short.

Paternalism isn’t the solution for Shyamalan. He frequently depicts parents and guardians that endanger their kids. This theme is present throughout his work: David Dunn admits to neglecting his son, The Village’s Edward Walker (William Hurt) and the Elders create a faux old-timey town to isolate their children from the violence of the modern world, Split’s Uncle John (Brad William Henke) abuses his niece (Anya Taylor-Joy) on a family hunting trip. In one of The Sixth Sense’s most upsetting sequences, a woman poisons her daughter in a disturbing depiction of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Amid supernatural occurrences, Shyamalan taps into real, everyday horror, depicting these crimes as otherworldly in their cruelty and as common as a cold.

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M. Night Shyamalan Hid One Huge Twist from Studio, Left Execs ‘Completely Flummoxed’

Yahoo Entertainment 27 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

“I go to the Universal Studios chairman, (the) marketing team, everyone’s in the theater. We pull down the lights and we play them ‘Split.’ They don’t know the ending that they’re watching. They didn’t even know I shot it, because I didn’t even send them the dallies of that (scene),” Shyamalan said on the ReelBlend podcast. “The lights go down. They watch the whole movie of ‘Split.’ Then this scene comes on, and they’re completely flummoxed. They look at me, and they’re like, ‘What are you saying? That’s a Disney movie!’ (Laughs) And I go, ‘It’s all good. We have the permission to do it!’ Can you imagine? You are the chairman of the studio, and the guy shows you that it’s a sequel to a movie from another studio?”

Shyamalan always knew that “Split” was going to be a surprise sequel to “Unbreakable,” but he hid the twist from the studio at every level of development. The director left out the scene when he turned in his shooting script to Universal executives, and he didn’t even shoot the scene until after the studio first started testing the movie without it.

“When I wrote that movie, I didn’t put the end scene on. I handed it to the studio without that end scene on. We shot it without that end scene on. We previewed it without that end scene on,” Shyamalan said. “And then the best part was… I said, ‘Let’s just go for it.’ Lemme call Bruce and say, ‘Hey dude, would you just come to Philly for, like, three hours and shoot this thing for me?’ And he was like, ‘Why, what?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I did this movie, and it’s kind of in the “Unbreakable” world. I don’t know if we’ll ever shoot a sequel. Do you just want to just come for three hours, bro?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll come.’”

“Split” turned into one of Shyamalan’s most profitable films to date, grossing $278 million worldwide on a reported $9 million budget. Shyamalan’s latest directorial effort, “Old,” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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M. Night Shyamalan Hid One Huge Twist from Studio, Left Execs ‘Completely Flummoxed’

CBR - Comic Book Resources 27 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

“I go to the Universal Studios chairman, (the) marketing team, everyone’s in the theater. We pull down the lights and we play them ‘Split.’ They don’t know the ending that they’re watching. They didn’t even know I shot it, because I didn’t even send them the dallies of that (scene),” Shyamalan said on the ReelBlend podcast. “The lights go down. They watch the whole movie of ‘Split.’ Then this scene comes on, and they’re completely flummoxed. They look at me, and they’re like, ‘What are you saying? That’s a Disney movie!’ (Laughs) And I go, ‘It’s all good. We have the permission to do it!’ Can you imagine? You are the chairman of the studio, and the guy shows you that it’s a sequel to a movie from another studio?”

Shyamalan always knew that “Split” was going to be a surprise sequel to “Unbreakable,” but he hid the twist from the studio at every level of development. The director left out the scene when he turned in his shooting script to Universal executives, and he didn’t even shoot the scene until after the studio first started testing the movie without it.

“When I wrote that movie, I didn’t put the end scene on. I handed it to the studio without that end scene on. We shot it without that end scene on. We previewed it without that end scene on,” Shyamalan said. “And then the best part was… I said, ‘Let’s just go for it.’ Lemme call Bruce and say, ‘Hey dude, would you just come to Philly for, like, three hours and shoot this thing for me?’ And he was like, ‘Why, what?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I did this movie, and it’s kind of in the “Unbreakable” world. I don’t know if we’ll ever shoot a sequel. Do you just want to just come for three hours, bro?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll come.’”

“Split” turned into one of Shyamalan’s most profitable films to date, grossing $278 million worldwide on a reported $9 million budget. Shyamalan’s latest directorial effort, “Old,” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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M. Night Shyamalan Hid One Huge Twist from Studio, Left Execs ‘Completely Flummoxed’

The Tab 27 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

“I go to the Universal Studios chairman, (the) marketing team, everyone’s in the theater. We pull down the lights and we play them ‘Split.’ They don’t know the ending that they’re watching. They didn’t even know I shot it, because I didn’t even send them the dallies of that (scene),” Shyamalan said on the ReelBlend podcast. “The lights go down. They watch the whole movie of ‘Split.’ Then this scene comes on, and they’re completely flummoxed. They look at me, and they’re like, ‘What are you saying? That’s a Disney movie!’ (Laughs) And I go, ‘It’s all good. We have the permission to do it!’ Can you imagine? You are the chairman of the studio, and the guy shows you that it’s a sequel to a movie from another studio?”

Shyamalan always knew that “Split” was going to be a surprise sequel to “Unbreakable,” but he hid the twist from the studio at every level of development. The director left out the scene when he turned in his shooting script to Universal executives, and he didn’t even shoot the scene until after the studio first started testing the movie without it.

“When I wrote that movie, I didn’t put the end scene on. I handed it to the studio without that end scene on. We shot it without that end scene on. We previewed it without that end scene on,” Shyamalan said. “And then the best part was… I said, ‘Let’s just go for it.’ Lemme call Bruce and say, ‘Hey dude, would you just come to Philly for, like, three hours and shoot this thing for me?’ And he was like, ‘Why, what?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I did this movie, and it’s kind of in the “Unbreakable” world. I don’t know if we’ll ever shoot a sequel. Do you just want to just come for three hours, bro?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll come.’”

“Split” turned into one of Shyamalan’s most profitable films to date, grossing $278 million worldwide on a reported $9 million budget. Shyamalan’s latest directorial effort, “Old,” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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There’s something strange in the neighborhood - specifically, in the new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” trailer, if you ask many fans of the 80s comedy classic. Some are ripping the reboot’s relatively serious tone as “bizarre” while others are questioning why a film in which “that’s a big twinkie” is uttered is held in such high regard in the first place. “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” came back to haunt us Tuesday, dropping a new trailer featuring more insight into the movie’s plot, hints at some of its

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Despite Disney’s experiment with releasing movies like Black Widow and Jungle Cruise day-and-date in theaters and in the home on the PVOD tier of its Disney+ Premier, Imax CEO Rich Gelfond doesn’t believe the model will be the new normal moving forward. “Every studio has seen the same data that Disney has seen. What Disney did is experiment […]

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Alex Wolff has gone from former Nickelodeon child actor to indie horror star with his big roles in Old and Hereditary. The latter is a particularly intense watch, with numerous disturbing scenes that include more than one decapitation; it makes Old look tame in comparison. So, it’s not much of a surprise that it was just as intense to film as it is to watch. In an interview with Looper, Wolff talks about getting his first major horror role in Hereditary and he discusses the emotional toll the ro

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M. Night Shyamalan's Film 'Old' Is Based on a Graphic Novel

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 26 July, 2021 - 07:35pm

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His latest feature, Old, hits theaters on July 23. Like many intriguing screenplays these days, the movie is based on a graphic novel and one that’s right up Shyamalan’s alley as a creative.

Old is based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. It follows a group of people who find a dead body washed up on a beach. From there, things start to get strange as they all realize that there’s something unusual about where they are and the things that are happening to them.

As you can tell from just that small teaser, this story is a creepy tale with a plot that grows darker and more mysterious as it goes on. That’s probably a reason why Shyamalan wanted to make it so badly. As Collider announced, the director first encountered the book after receiving it as a Father’s Day gift, falling in love with the premise immediately. He bought the rights to adapt the story shortly after and got to work making the film.

Early in his career, there was seemingly no stopping for Shyamalan. Between comparing his horror-themed stories to the likes of Stephen King and certain outlets dubbing him “the next Spielberg,” the filmmaker seemed like he could do no wrong. But after Signs came The Village, which many felt was a letdown compared to the trio of overwhelmingly praised movies that came before it.

From there, Shyamalan would release what many consider some of the worst movies of modern Hollywood: Lady in the Water, a bizarre modern fable with a lack of explanation and an extremely self-indulgent and Christ-like cameo by the director himself.

The Happening, most remembered as “that one about the killer trees” starring a shockingly wooden Mark Wahlberg; and The Last Airbender, a cartoon adaption so bad that members of the original show’s cast and crew still talk about it.

With Devil and After Earth being similarly maligned, it seemed like much of the early praise for the filmmaker was a bit unwarranted. In 2015, however, Shyamalan came back with the found footage film The Visit, which many considered an improvement over his last several works.

His next features, Split and Glass (a stealth sequel and direct sequel, respectively, to Unbreakable), were also praised, the last few years being hailed a return to form for the director leading into Old.

While Shyamalan is frequently praised for his original ideas (regardless of how well those ideas get executed in the end), Old is not the only time he’s worked with someone else’s story. The aforementioned The Last Airbender is the most prominent example and will hopefully not give us an idea as to how this adaption will turn out.

Like any adaption, though, the question of how much will change and how much will stay the same is always there. Some, like the folks at Looper, speculate that the ending might be where Shyamalan takes the most liberties.

While most of us won’t know anything for certain until the movie is available to watch, one can be hopeful that we’ll get another hit out of Shyamalan on a project he seems to be passionate about.

His latest feature, Old, hits theaters on July 23. Like many intriguing screenplays these days, the movie is based on a graphic novel and one that’s right up Shyamalan’s alley as a creative.

Old is based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. It follows a group of people who find a dead body washed up on a beach. From there, things start to get strange as they all realize that there’s something unusual about where they are and the things that are happening to them.

As you can tell from just that small teaser, this story is a creepy tale with a plot that grows darker and more mysterious as it goes on. That’s probably a reason why Shyamalan wanted to make it so badly. As Collider announced, the director first encountered the book after receiving it as a Father’s Day gift, falling in love with the premise immediately. He bought the rights to adapt the story shortly after and got to work making the film.

Early in his career, there was seemingly no stopping for Shyamalan. Between comparing his horror-themed stories to the likes of Stephen King and certain outlets dubbing him “the next Spielberg,” the filmmaker seemed like he could do no wrong. But after Signs came The Village, which many felt was a letdown compared to the trio of overwhelmingly praised movies that came before it.

From there, Shyamalan would release what many consider some of the worst movies of modern Hollywood: Lady in the Water, a bizarre modern fable with a lack of explanation and an extremely self-indulgent and Christ-like cameo by the director himself.

The Happening, most remembered as “that one about the killer trees” starring a shockingly wooden Mark Wahlberg; and The Last Airbender, a cartoon adaption so bad that members of the original show’s cast and crew still talk about it.

With Devil and After Earth being similarly maligned, it seemed like much of the early praise for the filmmaker was a bit unwarranted. In 2015, however, Shyamalan came back with the found footage film The Visit, which many considered an improvement over his last several works.

His next features, Split and Glass (a stealth sequel and direct sequel, respectively, to Unbreakable), were also praised, the last few years being hailed a return to form for the director leading into Old.

While Shyamalan is frequently praised for his original ideas (regardless of how well those ideas get executed in the end), Old is not the only time he’s worked with someone else’s story. The aforementioned The Last Airbender is the most prominent example and will hopefully not give us an idea as to how this adaption will turn out.

Like any adaption, though, the question of how much will change and how much will stay the same is always there. Some, like the folks at Looper, speculate that the ending might be where Shyamalan takes the most liberties.

While most of us won’t know anything for certain until the movie is available to watch, one can be hopeful that we’ll get another hit out of Shyamalan on a project he seems to be passionate about.

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