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The Rise, Fall, and Second Coming of M. Night Shamylan

M. Night Shamalyan has had an interesting career over the past twenty years. As one of Hollywood’s biggest directors in the latter half of the 90s, Shamylan produced some of the cinema industries biggest thrillers. With movies like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, Shamylan redefined what a horror movie was and how it felt to be scared in a movie theater. Around the middle half of the first decade of the 2000s, Shamylan’s name appeared less and less on the title card’s of big budget written and directed by films, and the director had moved on to taking one off directing jobs for films like The Last Airbender, and After Earth.

Shamylan has always had a steady stream of work, even though the director has waxed and waned from the public eye over the past two decades. In 2015, public and industry interest was renewed in Shamylan following the release of his once again self written and directed found footage film The Visit. The following year Shamylan scored another success with Split, a psychological horror film set in the same universe as his previous work, Unbreakable. These two box office successes led to further work for Shamylan, including world building on some modern integral science fiction series’ and a mainstay as one of the go to directors for edgy, shaking terror in the world of horror cinema.

In recent years, Shamylan has served as an executive producer, director, and world builder for the Fox series Wayward Pines, which is based off Blake Crouch’s best selling novel trilogy ‘Pines.’ Shamylan directed the pilot of the series and helped establish the overall tone of the narrative. In 2016 it was reported that Shamylan was attached to a reboot of the seminal 90’s series Tales From the Crypt, but by July of 2017 the series had been canceled due to a number of legal reasons. In the past week it has been announced that Shamylan will serve as developer for an Apple led series. No official word has been announced as to the subject matter, but it is known that It will consist of 10 episodes, with Shamylan directing the series pilot. Shamylan is also in post-production for his upcoming film Glass, a direct sequel to Unbreakable. More information on that film can be found in this article from Empire;