M. Night Shyamalan to write and direct two original movies for Universal

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal. Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently unt…

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal.

Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently untitled thrillers. The films will be released on 26 February 2021 and 17 February 2023.

“There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films,” Shyamalan said in a statement. “They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience. I am so excited to be working with them again and bringing new stories to the movie screen for years to come.”

When Universal Pictures representatives announced the partnership on Monday, president Peter Cramer heaped praise on The Sixth Sense director’s original vision.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Cramer added. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honoured that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan, who is known for his supernatural themes and signature plot twists, most recently worked with Universal on Glass, a crossover of his earlier films Unbreakable and Split which starred James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson. It made almost $250 million (£202 million) worldwide from a $20 million (£16 million) budget when it was released earlier this year.

No information about the plots for the new movies was given. However, the 49-year-old will independently finance the projects, much like he did for The Visit, Split, and Glass.

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Anya Taylor-Joy: ‘Lipstick anchors any beauty look’

Anya Taylor-Joy wouldn’t be seen without lipstick on because she finds a splash of lip colour helps “anchor” any beauty look.The actress has risen up the ranks of Hollywood since appearing in 2015 film The Witch, staring in recent hits Split and fo…

Anya Taylor-Joy wouldn’t be seen without lipstick on because she finds a splash of lip colour helps “anchor” any beauty look.

The actress has risen up the ranks of Hollywood since appearing in 2015 film The Witch, staring in recent hits Split and follow-up, Glass.

Anya is making a name for herself as one to watch on the red carpet too and has now shared that selecting a lip colour is always the starting point for her make-up artist.

“I’m always going to be a lipstick girl because my eyes are really big and I’m really fair, so lipstick anchors it around a solid colour,” she said in an interview with British Vogue, adding that she is a big fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl Lipstick, a berry shade with a hint of brown. “When you’ve been – in the space of three weeks – a short bobbed brunette, a redhead and then a blonde, and you’re travelling all the time, that lipstick is so solid.”

Anya went on to explain that she swears by using Chanel and True Botanicals products as part of her skincare regime.

But when her skin is especially dry from travelling, she will mix up a special mask made of two favourite formulas.

“If I’m going to treat myself, I make my own face mask of Bio-Oil mixed with Egyptian Magic. When you wake up the next morning you look like you’ve had 14 hours of sleep,” the 22-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Anya spoke about her new gig as the face of Viktor & Rolf’s latest fragrance, Flowerbomb Midnight. The star is the first celebrity to front a campaign for the perfume, and she is thrilled to be working a brand which she has admired for a long time.

“I have a very pinpointed memory of understanding what the brand was from a very young age because I was very attracted to the packaging of the original Flowerbomb fragrance,” she smiled. “But the fact I’m not just the face of Flowerbomb but also Flowerbomb Midnight, which feels like a devilish little sister, is amazing.”

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Glass scores third week atop North American box office chart

Thriller Glass has made it three weeks as the number one movie in North America. The M. Night Shyamalan movie, which brings together characters from his previous films Unbreakable and Split, picked up another $9.5 million (£7.3 million) in its third …

Thriller Glass has made it three weeks as the number one movie in North America.

The M. Night Shyamalan movie, which brings together characters from his previous films Unbreakable and Split, picked up another $9.5 million (£7.3 million) in its third weekend on release to hold on to the box office title during the slow Super Bowl weekend (01-03Feb19), which was likely further impacted by the polar vortex sweeping across the U.S.

Glass, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy, has now made $88 million (£67.3 million) to date from the North American market, and its latest haul was enough to keep its lead against its closest competitor, The Upside.

The Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart comedy drama earns a solid $8.8 million (£6.7 million), four weeks after its launch, forcing Gina Rodriguez’s new action thriller, Miss Bala, to settle for a third-place debut with $6.7 million (£5.1 million).

The film centres on a young woman who takes on the bosses of a Mexican drug cartel to save her kidnapped friend, and is based on the 2011 Mexican movie of the same name.

Aquaman is still proving popular with fans six weeks after its release, taking fourth place with $4.7 million (£3.6 million), boosting its total gross in North America to $323.5 million (£247.4 million), for a total of $1.1 billion worldwide, and climbing.

Rounding out the new top five is animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is now Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing animated movie after banking $175 million (£133.8 million) in the three months since its debut.

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Glass tops North American box office for a second week as Matthew McConaughey’s new film flops

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million). M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has…

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million).

M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has not snagged over $73 million (£55.3 million) for a 10-day total.

The Upside, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s remake of French film The Intouchables, hangs onto the number two spot, while blockbuster Aquaman lands at three, becoming the biggest-grossing Warner Bros. superhero movie globally in the process.

James Wan’s film, starring Jason Momoa, has now passed The Dark Knight Rises as the studio’s top-grossing film featuring a DC Comics superhero. Aquaman has sailed past $1.3 billion worldwide, making Wan, who is already on board for a sequel, the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion dollar blockbuster for two different studios – his Furious 7 raced past $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016.

20th Century Fox’s new family film The Kid Who Would Be King and Spider-Man:Into the Spider Verse complete the top five, while Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s new release, Serenity, is notable for all the wrong reasons, becoming the worst debut for both its stars.

The film, which has split critics, limped in to the new top 10 at eight with just $4.4 million (£3.3 million).

Directed by Steven Knight, the film was made for a budget of $59 million (£44.7 million).

Meanwhile, Green Book is the leading Oscar nominated film at this week’s box office – the first since the Academy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen’s drama is the only nominated picture in the top 10, scoring a $5.3 million (£4 million) haul in its 11th week on release.

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James McAvoy hired Wonder Woman trainer to get ripped for Glass

James McAvoy found his washboard abs with the help of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman trainer for his new movie Glass.The actor portrays a character with 24 distinct personalities in director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller and he concentrated on the Bea…

James McAvoy found his washboard abs with the help of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman trainer for his new movie Glass.

The actor portrays a character with 24 distinct personalities in director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller and he concentrated on the Beast persona to get in his best shape for the role.

“I was like, ‘OK. I’m going to have my shirt off, aren’t I?’ And (Shyamalan) was like, ‘Yep,’” McAvoy recalls to USA Today of his motivation to get fit for the role. “I knew I had to get down in the gym and kind of back up his (character’s Beast) name. I had to give a little bit of aesthetic credibility to that fear that he’s supposed to inspire in people.”

To reach his athletic goals, McAvoy worked with Swedish personal trainer Magnus Lygdback, who trained Gadot for the Wonder Woman 1984 sequel and Alicia Vikander for Tomb Raider.

The 39 year old ate five meals a day and worked out between five and six times per week while training to play Beast, admitting his schedule was gruelling: “You’re in every day working your socks off (acting), and you’re also in the gym at five in the morning and then pretty much working out on set whenever you are the Beast to get you all pumped up and get your veins popping and get the relevant muscles swollen for the shot.”

After working so extensively to maintain a chiselled frame, James now has a new appreciation for those Hollywood hunks who are known for their consistently fit physiques.

“This was a real massive, extreme example of that for me in a way that I’ve never done before,” he explains. “(Actors) like The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth – the guys who keep themselves in that condition every day – that dedication is incredible.”

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Glass tops North American box office

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has topped the North American box office in its opening weekend (18-20Jan19). The sequel to the filmmaker’s movies Unbreakable and Split has earned $40 million (£31.1 million) to take the top spot. According to Variety, it …

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass has topped the North American box office in its opening weekend (18-20Jan19).

The sequel to the filmmaker’s movies Unbreakable and Split has earned $40 million (£31.1 million) to take the top spot. According to Variety, it will close with $47 million (£36.5 million) over the four-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend on Monday (21Jan19).

Glass, which stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from 2000’s Unbreakable and James McAvoy from 2016’s Split, is the third and final film in the trilogy. It has received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, but Shyamalan is thrilled he was able to complete the franchise.

“In the five minutes I have been alone in a hotel room, I’ve been reflecting about it all and I feel nostalgic about it and grateful,” he said earlier this month. “It feels like a chapter closing on a part of a career, from, like, 21 years old until now, and I can’t believe I’ve had the fortitude and the love from everybody, the support from the fans and the studio, to do this… It’s so miraculous that this movie was made.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s The Upside is continuing to hold strong with $15 million (£11.6 million) over the weekend and an estimated $18.2 million (£14.1 million) for the four-day weekend.

Blockbuster film Aquaman, which stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard, comes in third place with $12.4 million (£9.6 million) for its four-day estimate, which brings its North American earnings to $306 million (237.7 million). The superhero film’s global earnings passed $1 billion last week (ends18Jan19).

Dragon Ball Super: Broly and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse round out the top five with $10.7 million (£8.3 million) and $10.2 million (£7.9 million), respectively.

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James McAvoy ‘auditioned’ Glass character’s multiple personalities

James McAvoy came up with his character’s multiple personalities in Split and Glass by auditioning various people in front of director M. Night Shyamalan.In 2016’s thriller Split, the Scottish actor played Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with more than 20 d…

James McAvoy came up with his character’s multiple personalities in Split and Glass by auditioning various people in front of director M. Night Shyamalan.

In 2016’s thriller Split, the Scottish actor played Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with more than 20 different personalities, including Hedwig, a nine-year-old boy, Patricia, a older, orderly woman, Barry, the dominant personality, and the Beast, a lethal creature.

More of Kevin’s personalities are on display in the follow-up Glass, and at the film’s recent London premiere, James explained that some came straight away and others needed auditioning.

“There was a couple that came quick – Hedwig came quick, his voice didn’t – and Patricia came through immediately, some took a bit longer, Barry, I knew exactly who he was gonna be,” he told reporters. “Some of them came easy, some of them were basically a process of setting up with Night and auditioning different people that I’ve met and observed and that’s annoyed me in my life or have loved in my life.”

In Glass, James and his Split co-star Anya Taylor-Joy reprise their characters alongside Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson’s characters from Shyamalan’s 2000 movie Unbreakable. In the conclusion to the trilogy, Willis’ character uses his extrasensory sensibilities to track The Beast.

At the premiere, the Atonement actor came to the defence of Kevin, insisting he isn’t mentally ill.

“I didn’t really play someone who was sick, I played a lot of different people and none of them were mentally ill,” he said. “One of them was suicidal, and one of them was maniacal – I don’t know if that makes them mentally ill. He was trying to do a really good thing, he just had a particularly despicable way of doing it.”

Glass, which also stars Sarah Paulson, is cinemas now.

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Sarah Paulson’s Glass role was written for a man

Actress Sarah Paulson signed on for new movie Glass without reading the script, even though her role was originally written for a man. The Ocean’s 8 star joins Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, the fol…

Actress Sarah Paulson signed on for new movie Glass without reading the script, even though her role was originally written for a man.

The Ocean’s 8 star joins Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, the follow-up to his movies Unbreakable and Split. She plays a psychiatrist tasked with treating patients who believe they are superheroes.

Director Shyamalan initially wrote the part with a male in mind, but he ended up offering the gig to Paulson – and she didn’t hesitate to accept.

“I went in and took it from that man! I don’t know who that man was, but I’m sorry to you!” she joked on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America about portraying Dr. Ellie Staple.

“I think not much of the dialogue changed, which was great, because they didn’t try to soften her or feminise her in any way, they just kept her authority and her strength, which was really cool,” she added.

Sarah also didn’t think too much about what her role would entail before taking on the job, because she was more interested in the opportunity offered to her.

“I said yes without reading the script, which could be crazy,” she admitted, “but I basically do that with (anthology TV series) American Horror Story every year and never know what the character’s going to be, so it’s sort of in my blood at this point to just go, ‘Yeah, I wanna work with M. Night Shyamalan and Sam (Jackson) and all these people’. So I think it was a good dice roll.”

Glass is released in cinemas across America this weekend (beg18Jan19).

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M. Night Shyamalan: ‘I can’t believe I’ve had the fortitude to conclude Unbreakable trilogy’

Director M. Night Shyamalan can’t believe he had the fortitude and support to conclude his trilogy after 18 years in the making. The Sixth Sense moviemaker always had hopes for a sequel to his 2000 superhero film Unbreakable but his dreams never came …

Director M. Night Shyamalan can’t believe he had the fortitude and support to conclude his trilogy after 18 years in the making.

The Sixth Sense moviemaker always had hopes for a sequel to his 2000 superhero film Unbreakable but his dreams never came to pass until he used a discarded character from the Unbreakable script to make Split in 2016. He then decided to bring the cast and characters from both films together to conclude their stories in upcoming movie Glass.

Speaking at the film’s London premiere recently, Shyamalan told reporters that he can’t believe he has finally managed to conclude this chapter.

“In the five minutes I have been alone in a hotel room, I’ve been reflecting about it all and I feel nostalgic about it and grateful,” he said. “It feels like a chapter closing on a part of a career, from like 21 years old until now, and I can’t believe I’ve had the fortitude and the love from everybody, the support from the fans and the studio, to do this…. It’s so miraculous that this movie was made.”

For Glass, the 48-year-old brought Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from Split back together, with Sarah Paulson in a pivotal new role.

Shyamalan added that he wanted to make sure he created scenes in the script that would really show what his leading men are capable of.

“I want Bruce and Sam and James to feel honoured, as they should be, by the things they do, because I really believe in them and I want them to get all of the accolades they deserve. So I’ve tried to make something for them that really showcases their strengths,” he continued.

“It was three iconic actors doing their most iconic roles together. It was real, they were really doing big scenes together over and over, challenging each other. We were really pushing (each other) as much as we could to get the best performances out. So it was fantastic.”

Glass hits cinemas from 16 January (19).

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Samuel L. Jackson first learned of Glass idea upon watching Split

Samuel L. Jackson first learned of M. Night Shyamalan’s plans to write a follow-up to his movie Unbreakable when the director told him to watch his film Split. The Pulp Fiction actor starred as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, a mass murderer and comic book th…

Samuel L. Jackson first learned of M. Night Shyamalan’s plans to write a follow-up to his movie Unbreakable when the director told him to watch his film Split.

The Pulp Fiction actor starred as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, a mass murderer and comic book theorist with a disorder which means his bones break easily, alongside Bruce Willis in Shyamalan’s 2000 thriller Unbreakable. All three expressed interest in returning for a sequel which never seemed like it was on the cards until the director took an unused character from the Unbreakable script and created Split.

Jackson told Cover Media at the film’s London premiere on Wednesday night (09Jan19) that he first knew about the director’s plans when he told him to watch the 2016 movie.

“Night called and told me to watch Split and see what I thought,” he said. “I watched it and I called him and said, ‘What’s this all mean?’ He goes, ‘Well, it means that if this movie makes any money then we’ll make the third part of the film (trilogy).’ (I said), ‘OK, great.'”

Split starred James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with 23 different personalities. At the end of the film, Willis makes a brief appearance as David Dunn, who is seemingly invincible, revealing that the two films take place in the same universe. Shyamalan later confirmed his plans to bring the cast and characters from the two movies together to complete a trilogy.

While on the red carpet, Jackson also told reporters he had been bugging The Sixth Sense helmer about a sequel for 18 years and has different expectations when reading his scripts.

“Night’s a fascinating writer and I do have an expectation from him that’s different from the majority of writers that I read so I always expect it to be a page-turner and I expect not to know what’s gonna happen on page 105 from page 45,” the 70-year-old explained.

He also added that it was “fascinating” watching McAvoy play so many different characters but also “a little bit intimidating”.

Glass, also starring Sarah Paulson and Anya Taylor-Joy, hits cinemas from 16 January.

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