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New Shyamalan sci-fi project

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...but mystery-loving director has not written it himself this time.

M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan is to return to sci-fi with a new project entitled One Thousand A.E. The Book Of Eli scriptwriter Gary Whitta - who is currently working on an untitled Kurt Russell project - is writing the new movie, about which there are currently no further plot details.

Perhaps the fact that Shyamalan is not self-penning this is a further indication that he's living through a few years of a crisis of confidence in his own writing skills in the wake of critical drubbings for Lady In The Water, and most especially 2008's The Happening. It's hard to say whether Shyamalan has lost faith in himself or whether Hollywood currently feels more comfortable financing his projects with more control over who writes them. It may take some time for the man who broke new ground with The SIxth Sense in the late 90s to regain the auteur status that his recent projects have cost him.

One can't really include The Last Airbender in this, as it was a critic-proof, CGI-ridden outing firmly aimed at the lucrative Harry Potter crowd, and performed well despite a critical slating.

In fact, I can't understand the writers who are including Last Airbender in Shyamalan's genuine canon of work. There's a difference between a labour of love and a 'gig', and it's pretty obvious which one Airbender was for Shyamalan. He simply had to play it as safe as possible to work his way back into Hollywood's affections a little.

Anyone interested, I wrote a list about the films that directors have had to do to apologise for previous disastrous box-office outings, and it was Airbender that inspired it...

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