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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

You Fall off The Horse . . .

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

So Lady in The Water was ripped by critics and barely sputtered at the box office? That doesn't bother our boy M. Night Shyamalan one bit. Reuters is reporting that the Philadelphia phenom has signed on to write, direct, and produce a three-part series of films based on the popular Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Paramount Studios' Mtv Films and Nick Movies are behind it. This will be the first time since writing the Stuart Little screen play in 1999 that Shyamalan will be working on something that he didn't create himself.

Early reporting on the deal can be found here, here, here, and here. Two things are emerging: 1)Titanic director James Cameron has just announced that he's about to begin working on a film with the same name, so a legal battle is likely to ensue, and 2) the project is seen as a "safer" and "family friendly," so writers are implying that either Shyamalan is being reigned in by his studio or that he's just been chastened by his first taste of failure.

NPH couldn't care. Great artists excel with their own material as well as others. Most of Shakespeare's canon is other peoples' stories that he simply dramatized. Shyamalan is going to knock this thing out of the park.


posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 3:30 PM


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