Thursday, March 15, 2007

M. Night's next film to pit Philly, Marky Mark against Mother Nature

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will return to his provocative, dark Hitchcockian style with “The Happening,” a thriller about a natural calamity that threatens to wipe out humanity.
Or, if you'd prefer:
Tired of abuse by mankind, the earth is angry. Worse, the planet is out to even the score.

Audiences can expect a story along those lines when M. Night Shyamalan’s film “The Happening” reaches screens in the next year. The project, to which 20th Century Fox signed on last week, imagines a planet that is starting to act like the vigilante Travis Bickle from "Taxi Driver."

"The Happening” will not be the only big-budget studio film to test a new kind of villainy, in which the real victim is the environment, and, whatever the plot variations, the enemy is all of us.
How delightfully ominous. The Happening, which was previously known as The Green Effect, is slated to begin production in Philadelphia in August. Among the names rumored for the lead include Mark Wahlberg, whose brother, Donnie, had a small yet consequential role in The Sixth Sense.

Related:
Shyamalan to Find Form with New Apocalyptic Thriller [New York Times]
On Screens Soon, Abused Earth Gets Its Revenge [New York Times]
Newly Collaborative And Less Weepy Shyamalan To Make Next Movie With Fox [Defamer]

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