There’s really no arguing that director M. Night Shyamalan is pretty great. His movies always look great and he manages to create tension and scares without any cheap jump scare tactics. For reasons like those, he was labeled as the next Steven Spielberg.
There’s also no arguing that screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan has seen his wheels completely fly off. His first three movies that he wrote and directed range from great to good (in this order: “Unbreakable”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Signs”) but after that? Worse, worser, worsest. “The Village” is average at best, “Lady In The Water” is unbearable, and “The Happening” can’t even be saved by the innate cuteness of Zooey Deschanel. I can’t speak for “The Last Airbender” as I plainly refuse to ever watch it.
Today, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Shyamalan is going to direct “One Thousand A.E.”. It’s a sci-fi tale that was [insert gasp] written by Gary Whitta, who is not Shyamalan. This would mean that Whitta’s screenplay will be the first that Shyamalan will tackle that isn’t his [insert applause]. Throw in the fact that it is being produced by Overbrook, Will Smith’s production company, and you’ve got a very interesting (potentially) flick here.