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M. Night Shyamalan is making an animated comedy at FOX

10.03.2016

Now, I understand the hate that M. Night Shyamalan gets from people, I do. His last few films have...not been very good, to say the least. THE HAPPENING, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, AFTER EARTH, even THE VISIT is divisive at best.

But, I'll go on record in saying I think the man still has talent, and feel that he may be in for a comeback. I mean I, like most people loved SIXTH SENSE, but I also think UNBREAKABLE is one of the best superhero movies ever made, and will even go to bat (literally) for SIGNS and even LADY IN THE WATER (even if I'm aware that me and Shyamalan are the only two people who like that movie). 

Which brings us to his newest project, an animated comedy at FOX he's developing called ELEVEN LITTLE INDIANS. According to Variety the show will examine:

three branches of a large Indian family — one has achieved the American dream; another has just arrived in the U.S. wide-eyed; and the third has gone off the rails.

This will be the third TV show Shyamalan has helped develop, the first being WAYWARD PINES on FOX, and the second being the TALES FROM THE CRYPT reboot on TNT. He is currently developing ELEVEN LITTLE INDIANS with FAMILY GUY writer Alex Carter.

Like I said, I'm rooting for Shyamalan. Even in the films that are not very good (like the aforementioned HAPPENING and THE LAST AIRBENDER) they have, in my opinion, good scenes or moments in them (there is some creepy imagery in HAPPENING with everyone committing suicide, and AIRBENDER has some great SFX...though not much else). So I'm hopeful that those past failures have humbled Shyamalan to seek more input and collaboration (the fact he's working with another writer is a good sign, even if I personally hate FAMILY GUY with the heat of a thousand suns). I also like that it's focusing on an Indian family, which is something we haven't really seen often before. I mean, the only thing that comes to mind is Apu's family from THE SIMPSONS - but that's far from the most enlightened view of Indian life in America.   

No release date set for the animated series, but Shyamalan has SPLIT coming to theaters January 20th, 2017.

So what do you guys think? You willing to give Shyamalan a seventeenth chance? And how would you rank his films? 

 

 

Extra Tidbit: M. Night Shyamalan's movie UNBREAKABLE was supposed to be a regular superhero origin story, but he fell so in love with the first act that he just expanded to the rest of the movie.
Source: Variety

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9:16AM on 10/04/2016

Actually

I really enjoyed Lady in the Water.

Shyamalan isn't perfect, but I don't mind him growing in his craft. I'll give this a chance.
I really enjoyed Lady in the Water.

Shyamalan isn't perfect, but I don't mind him growing in his craft. I'll give this a chance.
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8:59PM on 10/03/2016

M. Night Shyamalan is to comedy ...

... what a duck is to merchant banking.

After THE LAST AIRBENDER, he's dead to me.
... what a duck is to merchant banking.

After THE LAST AIRBENDER, he's dead to me.
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8:01PM on 10/03/2016
I haven't seen THE VISIT, but I know it got positive reviews. It was a found footage movie and this show will be a comedy. Maybe that's what Night needed: To try out different genres. I agree that he does have talent (which is how he was able to make good movies in the 1st place).

EDIT: I forgot that he had already tried different genres with THE LAST AIRBENDER and AFTER EARTH. Still, that doesn't change what I said about his talent.
I haven't seen THE VISIT, but I know it got positive reviews. It was a found footage movie and this show will be a comedy. Maybe that's what Night needed: To try out different genres. I agree that he does have talent (which is how he was able to make good movies in the 1st place).

EDIT: I forgot that he had already tried different genres with THE LAST AIRBENDER and AFTER EARTH. Still, that doesn't change what I said about his talent.
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4:42PM on 10/03/2016
The twist, he's not actually making anything. It's just a long commercial for viagra.
The twist, he's not actually making anything. It's just a long commercial for viagra.
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8:04PM on 10/03/2016
Seriously? A Shyamalan twist ending joke? You do know he stopped using those after LADY IN THE WATER, right?
Seriously? A Shyamalan twist ending joke? You do know he stopped using those after LADY IN THE WATER, right?
8:14AM on 10/04/2016
No. Never saw it. After the shit he kept making I stopped watching anything he made so...there's my twist.
No. Never saw it. After the shit he kept making I stopped watching anything he made so...there's my twist.
9:21AM on 10/04/2016
Then you should be careful when you make jokes that allude at someone's entire body of work. I'm not defending him, though. In fact, there are other trademarks present in all (or at least most) of his movies that you can joke about. Only half of his movies have twists.
Then you should be careful when you make jokes that allude at someone's entire body of work. I'm not defending him, though. In fact, there are other trademarks present in all (or at least most) of his movies that you can joke about. Only half of his movies have twists.
4:37PM on 10/03/2016
No. Just no. How many times does Shyamalan have to fail before he finally goes away for good?
No. Just no. How many times does Shyamalan have to fail before he finally goes away for good?
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4:34PM on 10/03/2016

Another show for Fox to cancel

They tried this before, but with Mexicans, not Indians. Shows about immigrants do not do well on Fox. Bordertown was the Mexican version of this show. That too was canceled.
They tried this before, but with Mexicans, not Indians. Shows about immigrants do not do well on Fox. Bordertown was the Mexican version of this show. That too was canceled.
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8:03PM on 10/03/2016
We don't know yet if the show will have the same kind of "Making fun of racists" humour BORDERTOWN had.
We don't know yet if the show will have the same kind of "Making fun of racists" humour BORDERTOWN had.
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