The name M. Night Shyamalan is associated with a few things, most notably “twists” and as of late “bad movies.” Well considering his Fox drama Wayward Pines was a critical and commercial success, and The Visit perfectly fits with Blumhouse’s horror films on a frugal budget, the filmmaker has seemingly bounced back from a couple of down years. With The Visit completely finished, the film has been making the early screening rounds and has been met with rave reviews. As such, Shyamalan is eager to get back to work, once again with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions for another horror film on a frugal budget.
This time he would be reuniting with an actor who he has worked with a couple of times in the past. According to new reports, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to reunite with Shyamalan for an all new horror flick. More on this story below.
Deadline reports that Phoenix is in talks to star in a new feature from Shyamalan. Details on the plot are being kept a secret at the moment, but the site says that if they can come to an agreement, they would start shooting in November. Like most Blumhouse films, the project would use a relatively low budget, something around seven figures. The Visit was actually made on a $5 million dollar budget, which was completely financed by Shyamalan himself.
This would mark the third time that Phoenix and Shyamalan have worked together on a project. Phoenix has appeared in Signs in 2002 and The Village in 2004.
Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers.
Reports are saying that The Visit is Shyamalan’s return to his true form. Strong early reviews may have helped a second Shyamalan and Blumhouse production happen. Having already seen it, I can’t say too much about it because of an embargo, but the reviews on social media from those who saw it say a lot about the film.