Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > Movie Talk
Reload this Page >

Shyamalan defects from Disney to Warner Bros.

Movie Talk A Discussion area for everything movie related including films In The Theaters

Shyamalan defects from Disney to Warner Bros.

Old 03-24-05, 03:01 PM
  #1  
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 112
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Shyamalan defects from Disney to Warner Bros.

M. Night Shyamalan's movies, from The Sixth Sense to The Village, have earned hundreds of millions of dollars for Disney, but the studio has passed on his latest project. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker will make his next chiller, called Lady in the Water, for Warner Bros. instead. According to the Reporter, it's the story of an apartment building's superintendent who finds a sea nymph swimming in the building's pool. (Daryl Hannah, call your agent.)

After the completion of The Village, Shyamalan was halfway through his current two-picture first-look deal with Disney (meaning the studio had the right accept or reject his projects before he shopped them to anyone else). Why, after four Shyamalan movies, did Disney dump Lady? Was it because Village failed to reach the lofty box-office heights of The Sixth Sense and Signs? Talking to the Reporter, a Disney spokesperson said, ''We have a terrific relationship with Night, and although we didn't agree creatively on this particular project, we look forward to working with him in the future.''

Warners, however, was happy to snap him up. ''I hope that it is the first of many outstanding films that Night makes at our studio,'' studio president Alan Horn said in a statement. For his part, Shyamalan said in a statement, ''Lady in the Water is a personal movie with a big idea, and it seems just perfect for Warner Bros. I'm thrilled they responded to the story, and we all can't wait to get started.'' The film will shoot in August on location in Philadelphia, where Shyamalan has shot all his movies, with an eye toward a release date of July 21, 2006.
Old 03-24-05, 03:12 PM
  #2  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 2,830
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
jeez... what a let-down. i was expecting a big twist at the end of the article.
Old 03-24-05, 03:15 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
LorenzoL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 21,028
Received 10 Likes on 7 Posts
I wonder if he can actually make a movie without a twist ending.
Old 03-24-05, 03:17 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
fumanstan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 55,344
Likes: 0
Received 9 Likes on 1 Post
Strange. I know the Village was a bit of a dissapointment, but it was still mildly successful box office wise, wasn't it?

No more Vista Series DVD releases
Old 03-24-05, 03:28 PM
  #5  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 2,830
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by LorenzoL
I wonder if he can actually make a movie without a twist ending.
disney has used him like a brand name for which the public holds certain expectations. maybe he's attempting to move away from said expectations and that's why disney passed?

Last edited by Cygnet74; 03-24-05 at 03:55 PM.
Old 03-24-05, 03:39 PM
  #6  
Needs to contact an admin about multiple accounts
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 2,730
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm assuming Disney passed this time because Night was looking for total creative control again. Maybe Disney wasn't willing to hand it out so easily this time.
Old 03-24-05, 03:43 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 8,572
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What the article neglects to mention is the twist. Disney in fact never existed. In fact, Walt Disney was one of the Warner Brothers.

Can't read the article a second time can you?
Old 03-24-05, 04:05 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Posts: 22,077
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I wonder if WB will give him total control since his last film didn't make that much in comparison?
Old 03-24-05, 04:09 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk God
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Directionally Challenged (for DirecTV)
Posts: 123,243
Likes: 0
Received 4 Likes on 4 Posts
Originally Posted by LorenzoL
I wonder if he can actually make a movie without a twist ending.

I wonder if he can actually make a decent movie.
Old 03-24-05, 04:15 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 8,086
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Maybe he'll come out with an R rated film now.
Old 03-24-05, 04:35 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Brain Stew
What the article neglects to mention is the twist. Disney in fact never existed. In fact, Walt Disney was one of the Warner Brothers.
Pfft. I knew what the twist was two lines into the article.
Old 03-24-05, 04:36 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Chrisedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Part of the Left-Wing Conspiracy
Posts: 6,924
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Cost around $100M to make and market. Made over $250M worldwide (not counting video sales)

I'm sure Disney wouldn't mind those figures again.
Old 03-24-05, 04:40 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,391
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would love if Shymalan made a 'twist' movie wherein the twist was the fact that there was no twist. It'd be awesome since nobody would expect it.
Old 03-24-05, 04:54 PM
  #14  
Enormous Genitals
 
Bandoman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: a small cottage on a cul de sac in the lower pits of hell.
Posts: 33,306
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally Posted by natevines
I would love if Shymalan made a 'twist' movie wherein the twist was the fact that there was no twist. It'd be awesome since nobody would expect it.

Yeah, and as soon as we realized that was what was going to happen - he'd throw in a twist! It would totally blow us away.
Old 03-24-05, 05:22 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Hero
 
PopcornTreeCt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 25,916
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
His movies have been on a steep decline. I'm holding out too much faith in this one.
Old 03-24-05, 06:28 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Legend
 
GoldenJCJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Colorado
Posts: 14,305
Likes: 0
Received 27 Likes on 23 Posts
Originally Posted by fumanstan
No more Vista Series DVD releases
Yeah, but let's face it. The Vista Series banner has kinda gone in the crapper anyway. Vista Series DVDs started out nice then just fizzled into mediocrity.
Old 03-24-05, 08:24 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 922
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
M. Night, just like A.G. Inarritu, is a one-idea man. Time to dump this hack for good...
Old 03-24-05, 09:18 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 4,551
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Village's disapointing box office was still...well...a pretty good amount of money. And his films don't cost nearly as much as your average mega blockbuster. Go figure.

As for the twist deal, I still say that Signs had no twist, so he's perfectly capable of making a film without one.

As for this decision, I don't care. The financier and distributor makes very little difference in this film I imagine. Just looking forward to another film by M Night.
Old 03-24-05, 09:44 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 2,597
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Cygnet74
jeez... what a let-down. i was expecting a big twist at the end of the article.
Ok, that was funny..
Old 03-24-05, 10:18 PM
  #20  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Formerly known as Groucho AND Bandoman/Death Moans, Iowa
Posts: 17,094
Received 13 Likes on 8 Posts
The twist is that this project is already dead!
Old 03-24-05, 11:25 PM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 364
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by natevines
I would love if Shymalan made a 'twist' movie wherein the twist was the fact that there was no twist. It'd be awesome since nobody would expect it.
if there is no twist then it would just be a regular movie...
Old 03-24-05, 11:52 PM
  #22  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,391
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dmpre99
if there is no twist then it would just be a regular movie...

The point is that Shyamalan is known for his twists, so if there were no twist it would be unexpected and unpredictable. Get it?
Old 03-25-05, 09:32 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 3,479
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I just look forward to another entertaining movie from M.Night, I could care less about the politics involved.
Old 03-25-05, 09:42 AM
  #24  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by woofman
I just look forward to another entertaining movie from M.Night, I could care less about the politics involved.
Aha, so you do care!

No more twists in suspense movies, please! Why invalidate the entire plot just for the sake of a WTFOMG moment?
Old 03-25-05, 10:57 AM
  #25  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 3,479
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
Aha, so you do care!

Ok, bad wording on my part, sure I like reading about the goings-on behind the scenes etc, I just don't understand all the animosity towards his movies. It's all good though. I love to give my share of hate every now and then too.

No more twists in suspense movies, please! Why invalidate the entire plot just for the sake of a WTFOMG moment?
Because he can I guess. I say props to him for not following the standard formula.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.