Last year, Universal Pictures announced two upcoming original thrillers from director M. Night Shyamalan (Split, The Visit, Glass) were set to arrive on 26th February 2021 and 17th February 2023.
However, the 2021 untitled film has moved out of its February release date and will remain undated for now. According to Deadline, the film was in pre-production, and can’t shoot anytime soon in Shyamalan’s stomping ground of Philadelphia, PA due to the industry’s overall production stoppage due to the ongoing global health crisis.
Although plot details are scarce right now, Shyamalan will write and direct both feature films and further revealed – in an interview with Collider last year – that he will continue his trend of developing “weird and dark” projects.
“I’m loving this approach from The Visit on where they’re minimal, contained, I own them, we take big tonal risks and try to hit that note of absurd-but-grounded, that dark humour moment and deal with some complicated things and not necessarily take the audience where they’re comfortable, both during or even at the end,” Shyamalan said. “That’s all mitigated because we’re working with a respectable number and I feel like I’m being a good partner to my distributors. I like that because it allows me to iterate really fast in the making of these stories, so those films follow that architecture of approach and process. Even if it’s tricking myself into being more dangerous, it’s working because when I think about these three films that I’m thinking about—all weird and dark—I think that they speak to each other a little bit.”
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