The $20 million opening weekend for The Last Exorcism leaves little question that director Daniel Stamm will soon be moving on to bigger things. The question is, what will his next project be, and will it use a similar faux documentary style? The good folks over at HeyUGuys recently received a few hints from Stamm himself as to what that project may be. They put two and two together to determine that he will probably be teaming up with M. Night Shyamalan for the next installment in his Night Chronicles series. You have to wonder though, at this point, will a Shyamalan collaboration be good or bad for his career?
At a recent U.K. roundtable junket, Stamm revealed the following details about his next movie:
“My next project is a supernatural thriller and it’s not going to be shot in documentary style… One of my favourite filmmakers in the world, who’s a legend, is producing it… an idea of his that another writer is writing and I’m going to direct. It has a twist in the ending, without giving away who it is.”
That last one kind of clinches it, and it seems safe to assume that he will direct Twelve Strangers, the second in Shyamalan’s line of films where he hands off his own story ideas to other up and coming filmmakers. The story revolves around “a jury deliberating a case involving the supernatural”, and the script was written by Chris Sparling (Buried).
It will be very interesting to see how the first Night Chronicles film Devil does later this month, as the appearance of M. Night Shyamalan’s name on the trailer seems to have been consistently met with jeering audience reactions in theatres everywhere. His name is not particularly well regarded at this point in time, but I still think that there is a lot of potential in recruiting other filmmakers to run with Shyamalan’s story ideas. In fact, it could be the best thing for him right now. Do you think this is a good choice for Stamm, and are you interested in seeing either of these films?