M. Night Shyamalan's Post-Airbender Script Attracts Talent; Possibly a Studio
Posted 06.24.10 by Ryan
M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie, The Last Airbender, has yet to open in theaters, but that isn't stopping The Sixth Sense director from setting up his next gig. THR reports that Shyamalan is shopping an untitled script to studios that already has Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Bradley Cooper "loosely attached" to the project.
No details are known about the script, but, according to the report, Shyamalan's infamous script secrecy is approaching missile-defense-like status.
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.
Deadline reports that Universal is possibly interested in the project. Reports indicate the movie 'may' follow a father (Cooper) trying to find his lost daughter, with a tap into the supernatural to aid his search. What roles Paltrow and Willis will play, if at all, is unknown, though, it is safe to assume that Shyamalan will reserve the most interesting role for himself.
Deadline also reports that Shyamalan is busy launching his production company, The Night Chronicles (seriously, you can't make this stuff up), which will release one genre movie a year based on ideas from Shyamalan and directed by an up-and-coming director. Devil, directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) just finished shooting, while Chris Sparling (the upcoming Buried) has been hired to write Twelve Strangers, a thriller that follows a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural. Knowing Shyamalan, our guess is that the jury is already dead.
While Shyamalan readies his next project, he also has The Last Airbender to look forward to. Reportedly the new movie is tracking well with males and may score huge at the box office starting July 1. Check out the latest Airbender TV spot below.