Titled 'Glass', the film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy and will be released in 2019.
Horror film director M Night Shyamalan is to mix the ancient past with (practically) the present, announcing that he’s planning a sequel to two of his movies: Unbreakable and Split.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon (April 26th), the director, responsible for a very distinctive brand of film-making in his career spanning back nearly two decades, announced that a sequel titled Glass that would combine the backstories of both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split was in the works, and would be released on January 18th, 2019.
Furthermore, he said that the stars of Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, were both signed up for the project, as well as Split actors James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy.
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James McAvoy opens up about working with this legendary filmmaker.
James McAvoy stars in M. Night Shyamalan's latest psychological thriller 'Split', which follows a man with 23 different personalities. James had to play 9 of them which he admits was a lot of work, but that work was helped by the director's determination to stick to his script to the very end.
James McAvoy stars in M Night Shyamalan's 'Split'
Often during filming, a screenplay is changed as the story comes to life, usually only slightly but sometimes very dramatically. It's not always easy to translate a vision on paper to live action, but M Night Shyamalan knows enough about the process to be able to make the first draft count.
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After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style of filmmaking with 2015's The Visit and now this edgy psychological horror romp. It's a genuinely freaky movie, packed with unsettling touches and wonderfully intense performances. And yet there's a nagging sense that the filmmaker is using a very real mental health issue for cheap thrills. Dissociative identity disorder, also known as split personality, is genuinely devastating, but here it's played for blackly comical chills.
The man suffering from this condition is Kevin (James McAvoy), and he has 23 identities battling for supremacy inside him. The ringleader is Dennis, a psychopath who is working in league with fellow alter-ego Patricia to kidnap three young women, the abused outcast Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and two classmates (Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula). As these teens try to use his personalities against each other to escape, Kevin is also attending sessions with his psychiatrist Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley), an expert on his condition. And she has no idea what he's actually up to. Or that all of his personalities are terrified of a menacing identity they call the Beast.
Shyamalan is an expert at dropping clues into each scene, packing the dialog with innuendo and encouraging the actors into giving performances that suggest at unexpected connections and histories. As the film progresses, both Kevin and Casey reveal the most telling details of their grim pasts, allowing Shyamalan to gleefully crank up the tension. And the result is enjoyably creepy, keeping the audience off-balance with a plot that's impossible to predict and plenty of shocking mayhem along the way. At the centre, the audience is able to identify with Taylor-Joy's thoughtful Casey, a girl who has survived a nasty childhood and is determined to get out of this situation before it turns even more horrific.
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When Casey and two of her friends go to the mall they're abducted by an unsuspecting and nervous looking man. When they awake the three girls find themselves locked away in a room, each with a camping mattress for a bed. The room is bare and they have no idea what's going on and they all fear for their lives.
Though they're free to roam in their room and bathroom, there's no windows and the only part of the world they can see from inside is through a small gap in the door which leads onto another room. As they peer through the small hole, they see a pair of high heeled shoes and immediately see the legs of a woman. Knowing that they were abducted by a man, the girls call out for help and what they find frightens and perplexes them all.
The person who comes to the room isn't a woman, it's their kidnapper and in a soft voice he tells the girls not to worry as 'he's not allowed to touch you' and goes on to say that the kidnapper 'listens' to her.
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Rich Cline picks out ten of the worst films of 2015.
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better...
10. Terminator Genisys
Surely this fragmented, messy reboot will sink this franchise forever. Nothing about the story or characters made any sense. But it looked cool.
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M. Night Shyamalan is back, for better or worse.
M. Night Shyamalan reteaming with Bruce Willis to shoot one of the very first scripts of his career may sound like a frightening proposition, though Labor of Love appears to be going ahead and will be touted around the Berlin Film Festival in February, according to Mike Fleming Jr at Deadline.com.
M. Night Shyamalan Will Make 'Labor of Love' with Bruce Willis
Shyamalan and Willis made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable together - probably the two best movies of the director's up-and-down career - and Labor of Love goes back even further. The script was one of the very first screenplays that the Indian-American director sold - to Fox, in 1993. The film was never made after Shyamalan touted himself as director, though Denzel Washington was apparently sniffing around the project a couple of years ago
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Will Smith and Jaden Smith were surrounded by friends and family on their arrival at the New York premiere for their movie 'After Earth' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre. They were joined by real-life astronaut Buzz Aldrin - globally renowned for being the second man to land on the moon with Neil Armstrong - and Haitian musician Wyclef Jean with Jean's wife Marie Claudinette and adopted daughter Angelina.
We look into our crystal ball and we can see 2s and 3s and bad reviews...
After Earth has all the ingredients for a bad film, doesn’t it? You’ve got the father-son partnership between Will Smith and Jaden in yet another post-apocalyptic dystopian vision of earth, and it’s from hit-and-miss director M. Night Shyamalan.
So when it came to predicting a score on film aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, we thought it would be a pretty easy task – we’ll just slap a 24% on this potential pile of steaming mess and pop the kettle on; knock up a strong coffee. That wouldn’t be fair, though, so we’ve decided to look at the reviews, which, for After Earth, could be like getting your gas and electricity meter checked and risking a bigger bill.
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1000 years have passed since humans walked the earth. Kitai Raige (Jaden) and his father Cypher (Will) crash land on the now isolated planet, and are forced to survive despite a pretty serious injury to Cypher. Not the worst plot of all time, but has it been executed well? “A trite sci-fi adventure that's probably too intense for younger viewers and not sophisticated enough for adults,” say Screen International. Oh dear, that’s not a good start. “You'll spend much of your time waiting for it to be after After Earth, waiting for that respite brought about by the damn thing finally getting to its silly, telegraphed point,” write Twitch. That’s not good either.
Continue reading: 'After Earth' Reviews – We Predict A Rotten 23%
The trailer for M Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' has hit the web, giving fans a sneak preview of the disaster-epic that sees Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to escape.
Cypher is critically injured in a crash landing, leaving his son to embark on a perilous journey to find help. Along the way, he encounters dangerous animal species that rule the planet and a seemingly unstoppable alien creature. The father-and-son team must work together to leave the planet and return home. Awash with slick CGI, the trailer all looks very Avatar with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games for good measure. It's seemingly got everything that a blockbuster movie needs in the modern era, nice visuals, an epic story, scary beasts and Will Smith - however, it's directed by Shayamalan, which is a worry. If After Earth has the entertainment value of The Sixth Sense or Signs then there's no need to worry, but the director's last three movies Lady In The Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender have all been nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Director at the infamous Razzies (winning both for the latter). His bad movie form was all too much for a couple of fans who set up a fundraising campaign to send him back to film school in 2011. Copywriter and author Chris Baker told Entertainment Weekly that he came up with the idea after seeing the trailer for Devil, which featured a title card reading, "from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan" - a potentially scary place.
It's unsurprising that Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) was brought in to polish Shaymalan's script for After Earth, but anyway, the trailer looks pretty nice, if a little unoriginal, but we'll wait for the full release. It hits theaters on June 7, 2013.
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Cypher Raige is a renowned military general who finds himself and his frightened 13-year-old son Kitai in the middle of a deadly asteroid storm while on their aircraft on the way to their home planet Nova Prime to see their family. When they are hit, they end up crashing on to a dangerous and quarantined planet that is revealed to be Earth 1000 years after mankind was evacuated following a set of global disasters. Now it is almost entirely a jungle with savage evolved creatures roaming the land, but Kitai must brave the danger and remember that his fear is only in his mind as he treks into the wild to recover a distress beacon that he must use to call for help as his father is in a critical condition and close to death after being thrown across the ship in the crash. Little do they know that the unfamiliar new earthling species are not the only danger they must face as a brutal alien has now escaped onto the forgotten planet.
'After Earth' has had a string of different screenwriters working on it including director M. Night Shyamalan ('The Sixth Sense', 'Signs', 'The Last Airbender'), Stephen Gaghan ('Traffic', 'Rules of Engagement'), Gary Whitta ('The Book of Eli') plus additional dialogue from Michael Soccio who has previously worked with star Will Smith when he wrote four episodes of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. This sci-fi adventure is set to hit cinemas in the UK from June 7th 2013.
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Who doesn't love a good end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it movie? No one. Everyone loves end-of-the-world movies, that includes zombies, post-apocalypse, nature taking over, unexplained events, or even films like Wall-E (one of the best Pixar movies to date), which envisions Earth-post humanity.
Will Smith is pretty much the king of this genre, having starred in Independence Day, I Am Legend, and three Men in Black movies, all of which tackle the prospect of a disastrous alien invasion. His latest offering to this genre is After Earth, which doesn't actually seem to examine how humans died out, but how humans may be able to cope on a version of Earth that is made for the destruction of our race, rather than vice versa.
The trailer for After Earth has finally been released. Once again Will Smith joins forces with his young son Jaden as a father and son fighting the realities of (a version of) life (as in The Pursuit of Happyness). The official synopsis explains that the pair's flight vehicle is damaged while traversing the universe causing them to crash land on Earth, the planet our race was forced to flea. As Cypher (Will) is injured at the craft, Kitai (Jaden) is forced to navigate the alien land to save them both. Sounds exciting? It looks it too.
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Sadly, the answer is neither, though an overexcited populace spoon-fed on a year's worth of hype is likely to lean toward the latter owing to severe disappointment. It's hard to blame them.
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