With the release of The Last Airbender this past weekend, M. Night Shyamalan has been taking a lot of flack for his work as a writer and director, with a lot of people essentially declaring his career to be dead. What they may not realize, however, is that he has also started taking on more work as a producer ever since he formed his own production company called Night Chronicles, with the first film under that banner due to be released this September. The weird thing is that we’ve received word this week that the movie, which was initially supposed to be released as The Night Chronicles: Devil, has now undergone a title change to become simply Devil. Has M. Night’s name officially lost all of its stock in Hollywood?
It’s possible that people are reading into this more than they should, but it does seem a little too coincidental that a title change would happen just days after The Last Airbender has taken such a massive critical drubbing. It’s definitely a smart move too, because for Devil to be associated with M. Night so soon after all this backlash would probably hurt it. Personally, I’m still looking forward to this movie as it will be interesting to see how other filmmakers can execute on a story idea from Shyamalan.
Devil is directed by Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) and the screenplay was written by Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy). The plot synopsis is as follows: “A group of people trapped in a elevator realize that the devil is among them.” Devil hits theatres on September 17th; do you think you might check it out, or will Shyamalan’s involvement keep you far away from it?