July 15th, 2010
09:52 AM ET
Trailer Park: M. Night Shyamalan and the “Devil”
With the success of “Shrek Forever After,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Despicable Me,” most of the summer’s biggest blockbusters have been family films. But, things could be changing come this fall.
M. Night Shyamalan has teamed up with producer Sam Mercer to make “Devil,” a supernatural thriller about five people who get stuck in an elevator just to find out the devil is amongst them. The cast is filled almost entirely with unknown actors, with John Erick Dowdle directing. It's due to hit theaters on September 17th.
Also out in September is the latest installment of the “Resident Evil” franchise, “Resident Evil: Afterlife.”
Fans of the series will reconnect with “Alice,” played by Milla Jovovich, as she attempts to unite and lead the few who have not been infected with the Undead virus.
As the survivors make their way to Los Angeles, the City of Angels proves to be anything but angelic. Jovovich is joined on screen by Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller and recent Spanish import, Sergio Peris-Mancheta. The evil resumes on September 10th.
“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart will soon be seen in select cities in a film other than the vampire franchise that made her famous. In “Welcome to The Rileys,” Stewart plays a destitute stripper who gets a second chance at life when she bumps into an older gentleman who wants to help her.
The older man is played by “Sopranos” star, James Gandolfini. Stewart, who promoted the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, describes the role as very personal. “Welcome to The Rileys” opens in limited release in November.
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I'm really looking forward to this. Yes Shammylammy has gone down hill since Sixth Sense, but this is his first real horror film since Sixth Sense (unless you count that crap The Happening, which I don't), so it's possible that horror is his strength and everything since Sixth Sense has just been the wrong genre. Also this seems very unlikely to have a "the ghosts are really friendly and just need help!" goofy happy ending.
Plus he didn't write the script OR direct the movie, he just came up with the premise. I'm really excited to see this Friday, and I hope the "Night Chronicles" series is successful.
Devil: Twist Ending – The world is the devil and the elevator is one of his balls that bounces up and down all day.
Funniest thing happened while watching the trailer. The audience was mildly interested in the movie. Then they flashed "Directed by M. Knight Shyamalan" and everybody in the audience groaned. Then we all seemed to realize what had just happened and we all had a good laugh. He may want to develop a pen name. Well, another pen name at least.
signs was the worst? i am sure you were the one that was padding michael bays already excessive ego and pocket book with repeat viewings of that garbage that was transformers
Hollywood gives you fluff. You go to see one of these blockbusters & when it's over you wonder what it's about. I prefer European & Latin American movies. they actually have a plot, tell a story and are well acted & directed. I'll take a movie like "The Constant Gardner" to any thrash Hollywood puts out. And what's with all the remakes, no new ideas out there. While M. Night may bomb here & there. At least his movies are fresh , no retreads.
M. Knight Shyamlawhatever had next to nothing to do with this movie. I was written by someone else based on an M. Knight story and directed by two other guys. The story is "Ten Little Indians" in a elevator except with Satan which is stupid. It's the first (only) part of a (doomed) trilogy... the second on in 12 Angry Men... except with Satan (or something) which is stupid.
It tells me all I need to know that thsi marketed on the minimal involvment of a man with a ruined repuation.
He's making another movie? That is scary
I am astounded this fakir can still shake enough money out of the pockets of the gullible to make a travel video, let alone a theatrical film. Like others, I honestly found The Village and The Happening unintentionally funny enough to rival a Will Ferrel effort. I don't enjoy being negative but every film (with the obvious exception of Sixth Sense), every interview, every trailer from MNS is just more evidence of his stunning mediocrity.
"STORY" by M. Night Shyamalama. Not directing, not his film. Probably better that way. I feel sorry for the director who has to have "From the mind of..." to sell his film. Not a good sign, anyway.
The concept is good, but M. Night Shymalan will find a way to make it boring.
Those of you who are complaining about this guy and Hollywood in general, nobody is twisting your arm and forcing you to see these films. Quit complaining, there are more important things to focus on. Besides, Holloywood doesn'r even know you exist, but they do care about the money you may spend on their films. They care about your money, not you or your opinions.
I feel like a battered wife when it comes to M. Knight. Regardless of how bad he beats me senseless with his terrible films I can't help but remember the good times. When everyone tells me "No! don't go back to him! He's not worth it!" I yell back saying "You don't kno the REAL him! He'll be great like he used to be! and he's NOT beating me I just FELL!"
very nicely put. had a ring of truth to that.
On IMB: Writers: M. Night Shymalan (story), Brian Nelson (screenplay)
Love M. Night Shymalan – an original who isn't afraid to take chances... can all you folks out there criticizing what he has done say the same?
Guess which one OBAMA is?
I am glad it is NOT another PREDATOR movie !!! Had too many of those....
What a twist!
AGAIN people.... HE DIDN'T WRITE IT NOR IS HE DIRECTING IT. HE IS SIMPLY FRONTING THE MONEY FOR IT AS A PRODUCER.
Shyamalamadingdong is not producing. He is teaming up with a producer. Lern too reed :O
This trailer will follow swiftly with an SNL skit about–what would really be hell–trying to find out who's farting in a stuck elevator.
Sorry M Night, this after Airbender?
5 people stuck in an elevator. I sincerely hope that comprises 5% of the whole movie, as I don't care if the 5 people are Dick Cheney, Satan, Jesus, The Terminator and The Hulk...that movie would get old after 10 minutes. M. Night has made one good movie (6th Sense), two ok movies(Signs, Unbreakable) and a bunch of crap after that. Airbender has an 8% rating on RT. He's becoming a more well known Uwe Boll.
The elevator is the Devil! or something stupid like that. What a twist....not!
Look out Excelsior! I think BagODoo doesn't like you talking about his man crush. "M. Night rules, how dare you! I know we'd be best friends if he ever returned my calls." LOL
From the desk of M. Night Shamalot:
1) Guy goes to fridge, finds out it's a portal to another, scarier dimension.
2) Lady loses memory each night, scary stuff happens in day.
3) Guys get in hot tub, find out it's a time machine.
4) Tree cutter climbs high tree, ends up in a scary heaven.
5) Stupid fans pay to see junk at theater, are transported to Doom dimension for punishment.
All GOLD and done while I contemplate a Power Rangers movie for adults. Did I mention it will be scary?
Don't know about scary but we're still waiting for you to say something funny.
A Power Rangers movie for adults wouldn't be as scary as its audience . . .
Let me guess - Shyamalan's movie ends in a twist. And big surprise that all the actors are complete unknowns. How many of them are his in-laws?
The twist could be that the devil did not know that God was really one of the passengers.
Well, I just think America has the greatest movies. Why don't some people like America? I challenge anyone that doesn't love America to just open their eyes! That's all – I had more, but my hands are sweaty, so I can't read it....
Shyamalan is a talented director, although he needs to slow down in his presentation approaches a weigh how certain images will be perceived. The story sounds a bit like a Twilight Zone story, although in this era of political correctness and ignorance it is easy to see from the picture above who will not be the devil: it won't be a female or a black. In the spirit of the NAACP and NOW it has to be one of the white men.
The twist will be that the devil is actually the DOOR OPEN button.
If you go into the theatre thinking of RACE and POLITICAL correctness, then you probably might want to skip this movie and any other movie that could potentially potray a minority in a positive light because as you put it, it is political correctness. Thanks to people like Mel Gibson, we're reminded of the importance of mutual respect, the need for POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, and the fact that some people still think little of minorities.
I'm willing to make a movie about evil minorities, if you can promise me you won't turn it to a negative stereotypes and teach your daughters how evil minorities are, until then it may be safer to keep the Caucasian as the evil one, atleast Mel Gibson can understand why.
ARE U KIDDING? WHAT MORE GARBAGE CAN THEY CHURN OUT? YOU KNOW WHY HOLLYWOOD LOVES THIS GARBAGE? NO SET COSTS – THEY'RE IN AN ELEVATOR FOR 2 HOURS! CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT MOVIE SOUND TRACK – ALL ELEVATOR MUSIC. I'M READY TO FREAK ON THESE HWOOD JERKS.....
I posted this rant so you can see for yourselves what I had to put up with. He also blames the SMURF movie on Israel.
NOT another M. Night movie! His movies sucks. SIGNS was the worst! He should just concentrate on Bollywod movies.
The ending to this story? M. Night appears as extra (as he does with all his movies) and becomes the devil.
I wish MKnight would STOP making movies...the only 2 he ever made that were worth watching were The 6th Sense and Signs...the rest have been crap...i'll never spend money on his films again, and neither should anyone else. While I understand that he is only the director...it's his creativity that in the end will make it or break it...and well...i think it's broke...
So, let me get this straigtht. 5 people on an elevator and one of them is Palin?
Not everything the man makes is going to be gold. Some of his worst movies are better then all this 3D shi* that hollywood is throwing at us because they are out of ideas.
In case you didn't know The Last Cr@p Bender has lame 3D effects added after the fact. M. NIght is just horrible since his first couple movies. I challenge you to watch Lady in the Water, Happening, Unbreakable, and this new pile and tell me he's a good film maker. There are many original ideas but you need to follow the flawed typical script to even get noticed without being laughed by studios because they suck and want $ over quality.
Leslie... you are dumb, seriously take a look at some facts before you spew nonsense. One hit blunder? M. Night made SEVERAL great films that grossed huge sums of money. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs... sure his latest films haven't had "the endings people wanted" but they were still good movies.
Funding terrorism? ...wth are you talking about? Because hes of another nationality than you thats funding terrorism? Turns our Leslie here is stupid AND racist. Congrats Leslie, pat yourself and the husband\brother you married on the back, you just won the ignorent red neck comment of the day award.
Plus people, M. Night is producing this... not directing, so check yourself before you wreck yourself.
I agree. What can you fund with the $1.70 he made on his last movie? "Here's a flashlight, shine it in someone's eyes when they don't expect it." LAME H-Wood garbage. Let me at them.
what? ....did somebody say something? ....dozed off there.
Hmmmmm....."the mind of M. Night Shaymalan" – must be a rather cramped and smooth walled little closet.
Somebody do this gomer a favor and tell him to stop stinkin' up the screen.... it's going to take me an hour just to wash the funk off my monitor. I want my 90 seconds back!
The Happening was one of the worst movies of all time. this guys movies pretty much suck these days.
Agreed, but my wife and I have had a ton of laughs discussing "The Happening" with both people who've seen it and people who haven't. I have to admit, it takes talent to make a movie that incomprehensively bad. Uwe Boll was probably green with envy.
You want to trash M. Night Shyamalan? Then throw out that ADD retard Quentin Tarantino. That man mass produces filth and the American audience just drools over it! Personally I like Shyamalan. Not everything, but enough. If Tarantino never made another movie it would be too soon.
No Tarantino film has ever disappointed me. None has ever lived up to Pulp Fiction, but I don't know if that's even possible because it was so unexpected. Sounds like Shyamnalamong's softer edge might be the key for you, because comparing the wit, passion, and command of the medium on display in Schlongyamalan's films to that found in Taranino's (even his worst) is not even worth debating . . it's self-evident. I can see some people being repulsed by QT's subject matter and gleeful bloodshed, but the guy puts on a show. As a fan of Shyayamalonna's first three films, I wish this weren't the case, but the man ran out of ideas quicker than Pachabel.
"repulsed by QT's subject matter and gleeful bloodshed" More like bored by the predictability of the grossness and bloodshed every ten minutes. He's a great director and knows how to stay in control and get the result he wants, but he's not telling any stories that I want to hear.
I so agree with you. I can't stand Tarantino. He's almost as full of himself as Stone. Put both gratuitious death and conspiracy theories in the same category: boring.
The trailer for Resident Evil looks awesome!! Love the whole series..can't wait for it to be released, i actually may go to the theatre and pay for this ovie!!
I think Shyamalan is one of the few Hollywood folk that tries to create something original. I'll take his worst movies over Michael Bay's crap any day.
That's a tough one, but I'll agree with you. Starting with the second half of "The Village," Shamalanalanana's rep with me personally fell off a cliff quicker than any other filmmaker I'm familiar with. "The Happening" was the unintentionally funniest thriller I've ever seen. Yet I always hold out hope (perhaps against my better judgment) when I hear about his new projects, because he does have talent and his own somewhat unique style. He's also, unfortunately, tone-deaf and apparently a huge fan of himself. By way of contrast, when I hear about new Bay films, my only interest is to make sure I have sufficient supplies of ibuprofen on hand in case I find myself pulled kicking and screaming with a group of friends into a theater showing one of his "films."
Ken, we find you guilty and sentence you to watch THE HAPPENING four times.
I dunno... I see playboy in Michael's past...
J.Crobuzon, I almost clicked "Report abuse" for suggesting that...
I'm sorry, his movies are terrible. The only good thing he ever did was Sixth Sense and he's been chasing his tail ever since. Why people keep giving him money is beyond me. You can't catch lightning in a bottle twice.
I completely agree with the comments made by Kuate and Stan.
M. Night Shymalan has become disappointing, and I used to really enjoy his films. Movie making is about money and being politically correct. Every movie I've seen in the past few years has been so politically correct that it's like drinking watered down beer. It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The movies aren't even interesting anymore, or they are so far from the truth that it's like watching a different story entirely. I also agree that most of the movies making the big bucks this summer are family flicks. Since I do not have children and don't really don't know anybody under the age of 12, I've been disappointed with the offerings this summer. I didn't see the first two Toy Story films so I wouldn't see the third. I'm tired of animated 3D everything that is geared to small children, but since 6 year olds don't go to the movies by themselves, mommy and daddy are in for the ride too, and that translates into big dollars for film companies, leaving people like me to schlep through the tepid "grown" films that came out this summer that aren't really all that great.
I'll probably go see "Devil" because more than likely it'll be up against a live action version of the Smurfs or another comic book action movie remake. No thanks.
Um, 3D movies are not only geared towards children.. if you think so ... you should never review a movie.
I like your name Worf's Baby Mama
You are sick of 3D movies? You sound like you have never even seen a 3D movie. I bet you are sick of color TV, too. Get with the times, the technology keeps moving forward and you are gonna fall behind. 3D is the future and will be standard within 5 years.
I disagree. 3D is annoying and will prove to be a fad. I for one am NOT going to pay $20 to see a silly movie with retarded glasses on.
Alright, Hollywood movie studios are greedy capitalist mega-corporations, which means MONEY comes first above all other things including creativity. Hollywood tend to follow trends and fads when money making is concerned until something unique breaks that trend. Currently, Hollywood is extorting money from families with these ambiguous 3d animations because they can always expect more money from movies made fore kids (that means everyone else in the family would pay to watch them). Except a totally different genre of movie becomes a huge box office grosser, you can expect more 3d animations, twilight, Iron Man 10, sequels, remakes etc.
I don't see resident evil or this new psychological thriller making it big because it doesn't fall into the trend and genre of the recent box office successes. The only way to break the greed and lack of creativity, and trend, is to support original movies of different genres. Funny how horror movies and non-romantic comedies have been thrown into oblivion.
Actually, Stan, I do see it being successful for one of the reasons you mentioned: it's a sequel.
You mean how all of a sudden EVERYTHING'S gotta be in 3-D?? I had to shake my head when I saw the previews for Step Up...in 3-D!! What??? Why does a dance movie with teeny boppers jumping around gotta be in 3-effin'-D?? As if that'd make any better...
Sorry but Shyamalan's rep has gone down the toilet. Sounds like a cheesy story. And I bet the ending will have a corny ending like...there was a maintenance man at the top of the elevator that killed everyone each time the lights went out blah blah blah.
Its not about Shyamalan's rep, its about the Hollywood system, the man doesn't really have control over his movies anymore, that usually happens when a director becomes big but doesn't necessarily have the muscle to control how he wants a movie to be made. The Air bender became too political and controversial due to the fact that it was an ethnic mythology, he should stay the hell away from making ethnic movies given the POLITICALLY CORRECT society we live in.
Creativity = originality, when you touch a story many people are already familiar with, you can expect a lot of politics especially when it involves ethnic groups, that is never really good for a director with a reputation. I'd rather make a movie with an all-white cast (so long as the story isn't about other ethnic groups) than make a movie with a very diverse caste with the SWORD OF RACIAL POLITICS hanging over it.
logorrheic, huh? Easy, Leslie. Don't hurt yourself.
Shyamalan neither wrote nor directed DEVIL – he put up the money to get it made- so there is a strong possibility that this flick might actually be good.
It's NOT about his lack of control. He had final cut on his last several BOMBS. The man has too much control, and his early success went to his head.
Politically correct?? Politically correct in the instance of "Air Bender" means that 99% of the cast should have been a
Asian, since it draws from Asian customs and beliefs. If you are going to use the term, use it in the right context.
Politically correct?? Politically correct in the instance of "Air Bender" means that 99% of the cast should have been an
Asian, since it draws from Asian customs and beliefs. If you are going to use the term, use it in the right context.
Its going to be something dumb like the devil resides in us all and anyone can be pushed to kill or something stupid similar like he always does.
Zan – Shyamalan wrote the story the movie is based on.
There was nothing major wrong with The Last Airbender accept some dialog problems at the beginning of the film (simplistic – too much explaining rather than showing). I don't care if the actors were Asian, Indian, White, black or purple as long as they are good. In this movie there were some good actors and others that were hit and miss (good in some scenes – not so good in others). I enjoyed the movie a whole lot more than any of the series episodes (the series was pretty boring with too much slapstick goofiness that appeals to kids more than adults). That is the main reason so many people didn't like the Shyamalan movie – it wasn't identical to the TV show (thank god).
Shyamalan is a good director and storyteller for the most part. I have seen all his movies and the only one that seemed lacking was The Happening (it had some good parts, but didn't stand up as a complete story).
Lol yeah, this will be horrible...totally way different from all the other COMPLETE CRAP they're showing in the theaters for the last 10 years.