M. Night Shyamalan continues to have a very interesting career.
For awhile, he was by some considered the heir apparent” to Steven Spielberg, which is very rarified air.
And I can’t imagine that not going to his head a little bit, which probably has at least a little to do with Lady in the Water.
That being said, I thought you could see a decline in his powers with movies like Signs and The Village, despite both of those movies being very profitable and well-received–for he most part–by critics.
Though it was with the followups, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth that his creative bankruptcy became apparent.
It’s also no coincidence all four underwhelmed at the box office as well.
Though Shyamalan continued to work, producing movies like Devil and working in television.
He came back to the cineplex in 2015 with The Visit.
And while not as good as his strongest works, such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, it was a return to form. It was released by Blumhouse Pictures, a studio built on low-budget horror and thrillers.
His follow-up, Split, also comes via Blumhouse and stars James McAvoy as a man suffering from multiple personality disorder.