Oct. 28, 2005
Shyamalan: Day-and-date 'life or death to me'
ORLANDO -- Director M. Night Shyamalan threw down the gauntlet Thursday night at ShowEast, appearing at the exhibitors convention to speak out against shrinking theatrical windows and rejecting the notion of simultaneous day-and-date releases of new films in theaters and on home video, cable and video-on-demand. In an interview before his speech, Shyamalan said he planned to ask theater owners at ShowEast's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony "for zero tolerance on this -- to say, 'If you're gonna release a movie in another medium, then you're not going to get into our theaters' -- because at the end of the day, they hold all the cards." Speaking from his Philadelphia-area office shortly before leaving for Orlando, the director said: "I'm going to stop making movies if they end the cinema experience. If there's a last film that's released only theatrically, it'll have my name on it. This is life or death to me. (Gregg Goldstein)
Up next: Shyamalan's Next Project
M. Night Shyamalan ("The Village") is leaving Disney for Warner Bros Pictures. Shyamalan's next project will be "Lady in the Water," which he will write and direct for Warner Bros.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shyamalan discussed "Lady in the Water" with Disney but the two parties couldn't come to terms on the project. Commenting to The Hollywood Reporter, Shyamalan said, "Since we met a few years ago, Alan and Jeff (Robinov, Warners' president of production) have gone out of their way to offer me the best on their studio slates time after time. I felt their personal connection to my movies. 'Lady in the Water' is a personal movie with a big idea, and it seems just perfect for Warner Bros. I'm thrilled they responded to the story, and we all can't wait to get started."
"Lady in the Water" is the story of an apartment superintendent who finds a sea nymph living in the apartment pool.