Things seem to be looking up for M. Night Shyamalan, the famous movie director and Willistown resident, whose two recent hits may have rehabilitated his image in Tinseltown after several flops, writes Jeff Sneider for Billy Penn.
Shyamalan, who was raised in Penn Valley and graduated from Episcopal Academy when it was located on City Line Avenue in Merion, became a Hollywood darling after the release of The Sixth Sense, which brought in more than $293 million.
While Shyamalan’s ensuing movies did well, none of them were able to replicate the success of his original hit. He started directing one flop after another, sentencing him to Hollywood jail, a place from where few directors ever return.
However, thanks Blumhouse Productions, Shyamalan’s last two last movies, The Visit and Split, cost just $5 million each. The Visit has now earned $98 million globally, and Split recently opened at the top of the box office with $40 million.
Now, Shyamalan and Blinding Edge Pictures, his production company in Berwyn, are once again walking on water. Whether he wants to step back into making large-scale blockbusters, however, is another question.
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