Manny Shyamalan has a secret

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06.22.10 18 Comments

Despite the fact that his last four movies were The Happening, Lady in the Water, The Village, and Signs, and that he’s proven himself to be kind of a prick (the theme of Lady in the Water, one of the most unwatchable movies of all time, was basically that M. Night is awesome and anyone who doubts him is a jerk), movie execs are still apparently willing to deal with M. Night Shyamalan. Shyalami’s latest — his follow-up to the upcoming Last Airbender — supposedly has Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brad Cooper “loosely attached.”  But other than that it’s a big secret.

Shyamalan is famously secretive, and this project is no exception: Only top studio execs have read the script, and they were required to allow a Shyamalan assistant to supervise the process. When the execs finished reading, the assistant took the script back and left. [HeatVision]

I like to imagine Shyamalan magically appearing in an exec’s office in a puff of smoke while wearing a big cape and petting a cat.  “Have you finished my script yet?  Hand it back.  No one can know my comings and goings.”  Then he’d cover himself with the cape and disappear back into the smoke.

“Wow, that guy is weird.  So… what was the script about?”

“It was about a mysterious vampire who terrorizes a family. They’re powerless to stop him, but then at the end it turns out he’s allergic to bees.  Frankly, I’m not sure I understood it.”

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