Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had the best run since captivating audiences with titles like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. In fact, the director has become something of a cinematic punching bag as his subsequent films have floundered and faltered at the box office.
Shyamalan understands this, and has since decided that maybe the best way to proceed after the disappointing returns on his summer blockbuster After Earth is to go smaller for his next production. How much smaller? How about a feature film with a cast and crew of 10 people? We're guessing After Earth had more people working just in the craft services department than that.
The director has taken to Twitter to promote his latest effort, a film titled Sundowning. Details about the project are pretty scarce, but rumors are circulating that Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington are among the cast. If that turns out to be true, this could be a pretty interesting project.
We don’t have any idea what the story of the film will be, but Shyamalan reports that some of the folks at the table read literally jumped out of their seat when they got to certain parts. Here’s Twitter proof; feel free to insert your own joke about why they’re jumping out of their seat:
When we looked up the term "Sundowning," here's how Wikipedia describes it:
"Sundowning is a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Most commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, but also found in those with mixed dementia, the term "sundowning" was coined due to the timing of the patient's confusion. For patients with sundowning syndrome, a multitude of behavioral problems begin to occur in the evening or while the sun is setting. Sundowning seems to occur more frequently during the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease and mixed dementia. Patients are generally able to understand that this behavioral pattern is abnormal. Sundowning seems to subside with the progression of a patient's dementia. Research shows that 20–45% of Alzheimer's patients will experience some sort of sundowning confusion."
Personally, I think this could be just what the doctor ordered for Shyamalan. Clearly, the big-budget productions aren’t working for him, and he’s essentially killed his brand at this stage of the game, so maybe a smaller film can help him get his mojo back. I like the thought of Shyamalan working on a tiny canvas, where he can focus on the actual writing and not all of the other stuff. If this doesn’t get him back on track, I don’t know that anything will.
We’ll be bringing you more about Sundowning as details are revealed. In the meantime, check out Shyamalan’s Twitter account for photos and observations direct from the filmmaker himself.
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