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Soleil Moon Frye, M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan [6]

Born:August 6, 1970 (51)
Filmography Rating:7.23 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.18 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.20 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:69.34%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Sixth Sense [1999](29) => Director / Writer / Dr. Hill
Unbreakable [2000](30) => Director / Writer / Stadium Drug Dealer
Signs [2002](32) => Director / Writer / Ray Reddy
The Village [2004](34) => Director / Writer / Guard at Desk
Split [2016](46) => Director / Writer / Jai / Hooters Lover
Glass [2019](49) => Director / Writer / Jai, Security Guard

Trivia that mentions this person:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 [2010]
  • M. Night Shyamalan and Guillermo del Toro each expressed interest in directing this installment.
    The Sixth Sense [1999]
  • M. Night Shyamalan pitched the film as a cross between The Exorcist and Ordinary People.
  • M. Night Shyamalan wrote the role of Malcolm Crowe with Bruce Willis in mind.
  • Reputedly, Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons: First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, "I read it three times last night." Shyamalan was impressed saying, "Wow, you read your part three times?" To which Osment replied, "No, I read *the script* three times."
  • According to M. Night Shyamalan, the movie was inspired by an episode of [Are You Afraid of the Dark?] called {Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Dream Girl} directed by [?] David Winning in which leading characters are ignored by somebody and don't realize that they are dead until the final moment. In {The Tale of the Dream Girl}, a brother discovers that only his sister can see him and she ultimately shows him his own obituary.
  • M. Night Shyamalan deliberately used the color red to depict when the world of the living and the world of the dead would crossover. If red was in a scene where that was not the case, he would change it.
    Split [2016]
  • M. Night Shyamalan originally wrote the Kevin character for Unbreakable (2000), but decided to use him in a separate film 15 years later.
  • Because this film and Unbreakable (2000) were produced by different studios, M. Night Shyamalan had to get permission from Disney for David Dunn's cameo in the final scene.
  • Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan cast James McAvoy after a chance meeting with him at a "Comic-Con" convention where McAvoy had recently completed X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and his hair was still little more than scalp stubble. During the course of the conversation with the soft-spoken man, Shyamalan began to realize that he'd found his leading man, and he would be bald, have no makeup, and look just like McAvoy.
  • The 5th M. Night Shyamalan movie to gross more than $100m at the US box office.
  • On Kevin's computer, there are QuickTime files of his various personalities. The one in the bottom right corner is Mr. Pritchard. This is likely a reference to the character Lionel Pritchard from Signs (2002), also directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
  • M. Night Shyamalan stated that shooting this film was the most challenging of his career.
    The Village [2004]
  • M. Night Shyamalan initially had a different concept for the "those we do not speak of" creatures. They were originally conceived to be monsters similar to the rock drawings featured in the movie trailers: similar to lions walking on their hind feet, complete with shaggy manes. When the creatures were built to full scale and brought on set, Shyamalan felt that the design was completely unbelievable. The creatures were quickly redesigned, most noticeably with the addition of the red cloak.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan put the entire cast through a 19th century "boot camp" in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
    Glass [2019]
  • The original script for Unbreakable (2000) included Kevin as an emerging villain for David to face against, but director M. Night Shyamalan could never make it work within the confines of a single movie. Thus, Kevin ended up split off into his own movie, with this film as the culmination of the original idea.
  • Although Disney owns the rights to Unbreakable (2000), director M. Night Shyamalan retained the rights to any potential sequels, so that the studio could not make one without his involvement. Such was his desire for creative control that he co-financed Glass (2019) by mortgaging his house.
  • Sarah Paulson accepted her part without reading the script, even though her role was originally written for a man, for the opportunity to work with director M. Night Shyamalan.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan was able to incorporate unseen footage from Unbreakable (2000) into this film, for scenes depicting the memories of David Dunn or Joseph.
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan said, "As the characters believe in the comic book world, the primary colors in the film become more dominant. As they stop believing, they fade to a monochromatic world. The pink room where they do therapy is pink, red fading to white, because this is where they stop believing."
  • Director M. Night Shyamalan talked about the importance of colors in this movie, saying, "I chose green for David Dunn because psychologically, it is associated with life giving properties. David is the protector of life. I chose ochre or mustard for The Beast because this color is associated with religious ceremonies, Hindu and Buddhist. A monk's robe. I see The Beast as an evangelist, a preacher who wants to help save 'The Broken.' Finally, I chose purple for Mr. Glass because this color has been associated with royalty, majestic qualities. Elijah sees himself as important, a main character of comics."
    Unbreakable [2000]
  • In the scene where David looks back at the drug dealer, played by M. Night Shyamalan, and catches the character furtively staring back, the movie makes use of the scary shiny glasses trope. This trope is commonly used in Japanese manga and animé to indicate the sinister intentions of a villain.
  • Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan always had Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in mind to play the roles of David Dunn and Elijah Price.
    Signs [2002]
  • Cherry Jones and Joaquin Phoenix also worked together in M. Night Shyamalan's next movie, The Village (2004).
  • M. Night Shyamalan said that this was the easiest of all his movies to write and direct.
  • M. Night Shyamalan insisted that the film posters be released without showing Mel Gibson's face, as it is an ensemble piece, and that it didn't refer to The Sixth Sense (1999), as it's an entirely different movie.
  • M. Night Shyamalan wanted Mel Gibson because he's "the guy you believe would protect his family at all costs."
  • The aliens were originally going to be invisible, but M. Night Shyamalan couldn't get the effect he wanted.
  • The crop circles are real, as M. Night Shyamalan doesn't particularly like using CGI.
  • The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by writer and director M. Night Shyamalan's daughter, [?] Saleka Shyamalan.
  • The stories of the children's birth are actually the stories of M. Night Shyamalan's two children.