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    A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    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.
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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    You go M. Night Shamalamadingdong!!

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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    update:
    Meanwhile, Warner Bros. will also debut the first trailer for writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water with "Goblet of Fire" in theaters. The clip clocks in at a minute and fifty seconds. The latest thriller from Shyamalan opens July 21, 2006 and stars Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez and Jeffrey Wright.
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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    You'd think that someone like M Night would have some clout as to when his movies' DVDs are released.
    Why complain? He should flex his muscles instead. Or work within a smaller pond where he'll be the bigger fish.
    While he's at it, he can try lowering the prices of his films at theaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sediment
    You'd think that someone like M Night would have some clout as to when his movies' DVDs are released.
    Why complain? He should flex his muscles instead. Or work within a smaller pond where he'll be the bigger fish.
    While he's at it, he can try lowering the prices of his films at theaters.
    hear hear!

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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment
    You'd think that someone like M Night would have some clout as to when his movies' DVDs are released.
    Why complain? He should flex his muscles instead. Or work within a smaller pond where he'll be the bigger fish.
    While he's at it, he can try lowering the prices of his films at theaters.
    It's only pre-emptive bitching against these mavericks....
    Wagner and Cuban's 2929 Entertainment Pacts With Steven Soderbergh for Six High-Def Films, Each to Be Released Simultaneously Across Theatrical, Television & Home Video Platforms

    2929's "Day and Date" Concept Stacks Traditional Release Windows

    New York (April 29, 2005) - Forging a groundbreaking partnership with a filmmaker known for his avant-garde vision, 2929 Entertainment through its HDNet Films production arm has inked an agreement with Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh to direct six high-definition films. The company, which partners Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban have steadily built into a vertically integrated venture, intends to mine its diverse holdings in order to produce, distribute and deliver each of the Soderbergh films simultaneously across theatrical, TV and home video platforms. The result will create a new "day-and-date" paradigm that collapses traditionally staggered release windows and gives consumers a choice, for the first time, regarding how and when they want to see a film. Final deal points were negotiated at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Wagner serves on the board of the Tribeca Film Institute.
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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut
    You go M. Night Shamalamadingdong!!
    Love it!

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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment
    While he's at it, he can try lowering the prices of his films at theaters.
    Just him, or Spielberg, Michael Mann, Brett Ratner and the rest of the D.G.A.?
    It doesn't help but I'll paraphrase a quote from some onstage remarks 2-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks made at SHOWEST a few years ago:
    "You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll kiss your 9 dollars goodbye!"
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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    If that's what Soderbergh wants to do, then all the more power to him.
    And the only reasoning for this is that the studios make more profit on DVDs than on theatrical releases, which is probably true of films that do well at the box office, but probably not true of total bombs.

    Heck, M Night can do a traveling show with his future films, just like in the olden days when Gone With The Wind took three years or so for the majority of the country to see it.
    He could, but he might not make as much money as signing with the devil -- production and distribution companies, theater chains, etc. And certainly not as quickly.
    Spielberg held off with ET for the longest time, IIRC, for tape, DVD, and network broadcast. It might still be possible, for something special.
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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    I'd read that he is going to do Life of Pi soon....would be a total M. Night Shablahblahblah movie. The book was great, and he'd do incredible things with it I think. Has the twist he likes, too.

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    Re: A moment with M. Night Shyamalan

    Life of Pi is a novel by Canadian author Yann Martel. The character, Piscine Molitor Patel, a boy from Pondicherry, India, explores the issues of religion and spirituality from an early age, and survives 227 days shipwrecked in the Pacific Ocean.

    M. Night Shyamalan of The Sixth Sense, became interested to a proposed movie based upon the novel, but has dropped the project in favour of another. In 2005, another director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has expressed interest to film an adaptation.
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