Conversation with . . . M. Night Shyamalan

13 06 2008

On the eve of his latest release, the director talks about the reaction to his previous film, the critically panned ”Lady in the Water,” why he loves the movie, and how the furor around it changed him.

It has been two years since we last heard from M. Night Shyamalan, and a lot has changed in the interim. Back in the summer of 2006, the acclaimed director of blockbusters like “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs” released the fairy tale “Lady in the Water” at the same time as Michael Bamberger’s authorized book about him, “The Man Who Heard Voices,” hit bookstores. The controversial tome, ostensibly about the making of “Lady in the Water,” included an extensive account of Shyamalan’s less-than-amicable departure from his longtime studio, Disney, and it resulted in heaps of bad press for the director. The result: critical sneers for the film; Shyamalan’s lowest box-office take to date ($42.3 million); and a bath of red ink for his new Hollywood home, Warner Bros.

Now, the filmmaker has returned with “The Happening.” Starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, it’s another of Shyamalan’s trademark thrillers — but it arrives via another studio, Fox, and bearing the director’s first R rating. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Shyamalan shares his feelings about the ”perfect storm of stuff” that happened two years ago — and why he followed it with his darkest movie yet.

To read the entire interview, click here.

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