M. Night Shyamalan’s Name Dropped from The Night Chronicles: Devil

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?



  • I’ve said it before, “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale” is a fascinating read and seems to take on more weight as this guy struggles.

    http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Heard-Voices-Shyamalan/dp/1592402135

  • Henrik

    I recommend “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale And Lost”. The title is worse, but it has a foreword by David Bordwell and a new afterword by Michael Bamberger.

  • is that a book, reprint, or a joke?

  • Henrik

    How would it be a joke? It’s 2nd edition or whatever.

  • I copied and pasted in google and it didn’t come up? do you have a link to what they added ;)

  • Henrik

    Like I said in the first post, a foreword by David Bordwell and a new afterword by Michael Bamberger (where he laments the changed title among other things).

  • It’s sad to see this fall from grace, because “Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs” were so thought-provoking.

    I think Shyamalan’s undoing began with “The Village” and hit its apex with “The Happening.” He started making his films all about a concept instead of about people, and he lost me.

  • 1138

    I too had high hopes for M Knight. But he began to loose me with Unbreakable and Signs. By the time he released the Happening I wasn’t even interested in his movies anymore.

    I keep thinking he’s going to make a huge comeback but I think he reached his pinnacle all those years ago with a movie called the Sixth Sense. He’s just fallen ever since.

  • Box Office Mojo also reports that “James Cameron Presents Sanctum (3D)” has been renamed to drop any reference to James Cameron. It’s now simply “Sanctum (3D).” Has James Cameron’s name also lost all of it’s stock in Hollywood? You know, since Avatar bombed and all.

  • Enbee

    ^ Lol

    Paul is exactly right. Leave it to internet folk to draft up some half-baked idea and pass it off as news.

    News Flash! MRC has been referring to the movie as simply DEVIL for /months/ and /months/ now.

  • firemarshall bill

    1138 @”I too had high hopes for M Knight. But he began to loose me with Unbreakable and Signs. By the time he released the Happening I wasn’t even interested in his movies anymore.” he lost you with unbreakable ? are you high ?that’s by far his best movie .