Split and Glass filmmaker, M. Night Shyamalan, would like a bit of weirdness in a Marvel or DC movie.
Fresh after the release of superhero thriller, Glass, which had been upon its disclosure to the public has received mixed reviews from critics, Entertainment Weekly asked director M. Night Shyamalan if he would ever consider tackling a property from Marvel or DC? According to Shyamalan, while there have been “light conversations in the past,” he would produce a film for either company in their respective universes, the MCU or DCEU on only one condition. Shyamalan told EW:
"“[It] would have to be in a way that would allow for very weird, big weirdness to be okay.”“I mean, you never know, you never know.”"
In the last five years, unlike most genre films in the tentpole and blockbuster category, the comic book genre experienced growing pains when it came to creative differences with key talent in above-the-line positions such as actors, screenwriters, producers and directors from both Marvel/Disney and DC/Warner Bros. What comes to mind is the departure of such figures as Seth Grahame-Smith, Edgar Wright, Patty Jenkins, Rick Famuyiwa, Michelle MacLaren, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from various superhero projects.
Shyamalan, known for writing and directing films with a horror or supernatural theme and twist-endings may be suited to adapt, may be a fit for Blade, Ghost Rider or Moon Knight in the MCU, whereas, he might be more suited to helm properties in the mainstream DCEU such as Adam Strange, Deadman, Firestorm and Constantine. Within Vertigo, titles such as The Sandman and its own corner of the universe (i.e. Lucifer and House of Whispers) may be for him. There might be a unique take he could do with such characters, although he can be quite a wild card. His highest ranking film is 1999’s The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs.
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The Village, while well-recieved commercially, was divided by audiences and critics alike. Lady in the Water, from 2006, was where Shyamalan got into a creative slump, as it bombed at the box office. His next venture, 2008’sThe Happening underperformed, and then came The Last Airbender. The latter received the worst reception of all his films thus far. Overall, though Rotten Tomatoes scores can be heavily debated, his average score is around 46 percent. Shyamalan added:
"“I think [things] are changing. Finding a fresh take on the comic book genre is a very powerful approach now to these movies, and I think one what everybody is looking for.”"
While that may be true, in the end, what it all comes down to is whether Shyamalan can remain courteous enough in his filmmaking pedigree ad take heed of production notes from respective studio heads like Kevin Feige and Walter Hamada to produce the best quality product. And if he proves he cannot work against the grain, he must know how to voluntarily bow out before it’s too late.