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How Uncommon Is Shyamalan's Comeback?


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#1 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:53 AM

There was an earlier thread discussing Blomkamp's current status in the industry, but on a more positive note, I'm pretty happy that Shyamalan got The Visit produced, and after Split, he seems to be trending upwards again.

 

At least I personally remember the average viewer had this "thing" against his films from 2006-2013, somewhere around there anyway.

 

I feel like there's no way this is the first time this has happened. Could you share some other filmmakers who had momentum, lost it, and got it back?

 

Thanks.


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#2 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:26 AM

He got it back because Blumhouse Productions has a great business idea: They make genre film up to 5 million in budget, no middlemen, no studio interference, no external financiers etc. The director gets total creative freedom and they actively seek out experienced directors that might have fallen between the cracks previously, or had a flop, in the studio system. They're not interested in first time directors - they want people with experience and a vision.

 

The studio system has become the opposite of that - they take in first time directors for really big tent pole or Marvel superhero movies, that they know are grateful for the shot and therefore easy to control and do as they're told. Then it's sink or swim. If the film works, they'll get another job. If not, they're out and the studios move on to the next hot first time director. Long term directing careers like Spielbergs, Sidney Lumet, Sydney Pollack are no longer supported or made by studios. The business has changed completely.


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