At the beginning of the week, we told you about a new, top secret project that director M. Night Shyamalan is currently shopping around to the major studios in Hollywood. In typical Shyamalan fashion, there has been lots of security around the project, with an assistant to the director showing up at a studio executive’s office with a copy of the script, handing it over to be read and then waiting until the exec finishes it to take it back.
Seems like there isn’t much of a chance of the script’s storyline getting leaked is there? May be yes, maybe no.
Deadline has a story about the producing side of Shyamalan’s career a few days ago, and buried within was this little tidbit –
[Universal Studios], coincidentally, is the major that so far has shown the most interest in the untitled Shyamalan-scripted thriller that CAA is shopping as his possible next directing project. I’m told Bradley Cooper would play a father on a desperate search for his missing child. It might stray into Taken terrain, but the father taps into some supernatural powers to aid the search.
It should come as now surprise that Shyamalan’s film would involve the supernatural. Personally, I would like to see the director take a stab at a thriller that had no supernatural elements to it whatsoever. But I think that the strength of The Sixth Sense have lead the general movie going public to expect big twists towards the end. But when subsequent movies haven’t had something as strong as the reveal of The Sixth Sense‘s, audiences have voiced their displeasure. I think that Shyamalan has been placed in a box and he is going to have to work hard to get himself out of it. And even with the likes of Cooper, Bruce Willis and Gwyneth Paltrow being loosely attached to this current project, I don’t think that this will do it.