LADY IN THE WATER
M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN (Director /Writer / Producer) directs his seventh
feature film with Lady in the Water, following Praying with Anger, Wide Awake, The Sixth Sense,
Unbreakable, Signs and The Village.
The astronomical success of his chilling psychological thriller The Sixth Sense
catapulted Shyamalan into the stratosphere of being one of the most sought-after young
filmmakers in Hollywood. The Sixth Sense has become one of the highest grossing films of all
time and continues to break records in home entertainment, receiving a total of six Academy
Award nominations including one for Best Picture and two for Shyamalan, for Best Director
and Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, the film was awarded three People's Choice
Award for Favorite Motion Picture, Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture and Best Actor for
the film's star, Bruce Willis. Shyamalan re-teamed with Willis for Unbreakable, which also
starred Samuel Jackson.
Following Unbreakable, Shyamalan had tremendous worldwide success with the
supernatural thriller Signs, starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. Shyamalan's last
feature, The Village, also starred Phoenix and Lady in the Water's Bryce Dallas Howard, as well
as an ensemble cast including Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.
Shyamalan began making films at age 10 in his hometown of Philadelphia. At 16, he
had completed his 45th short film. At 17, he stood before his parents, both doctors,
surrounded by pictures of the 12 other doctors in the family, and informed them that
although he had graduated cum laude and received academic scholarships to several
prestigious medical programs he had instead decided to attend the New York University
Tisch School of the Arts to study filmmaking.
During his final year at NYU he wrote an emotional screenplay made up of personal
moments, entitled Praying with Anger, about a young exchange student from the U.S. who
goes back to India and finds himself a stranger in his own homeland. In 1992, with the
funding to make his first low-budget feature, Shyamalan shot the story on location in India
and served as the film's writer, director, producer and star. The film was selected to be
screened by the New York Foundation of the Arts' prestigious First Look Series, and in July
1993 was named Debut Film of the Year by the American Film Institute of Los Angeles.
The following year, Shyamalan wrote another spiritual screenplay, Labor of Love,
which he sold to 20th Century Fox. In June 1995, he was asked by Columbia Pictures to
write the fantasy screen adaptation of Stuart Little, based on E.B. White's beloved children's
classic of the same name.
His second film, Wide Awake, starred Rosie O'Donnell, Denis Leary, Dana Delaney
and Robert Loggia and was released in 1997. Shot entirely on location in Philadelphia, it tells
the story of the close relationship between a boy in Catholic school and his grandfather.
Shyamalan formed his own production company, Blinding Edge Pictures, based in a
suburb outside of Philadelphia where he also resides with his wife and two daughters.
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