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M. Night Shyamalan At Work On Low Budget Thriller 'Sundowning' Starring Kathryn Hahn

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by Edward Davis
March 22, 2014 1:51 PM
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WikipediaSundowning is a psychological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in patients with some form of dementia. Most commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease, but also found in those with mixed dementia, the term "sundowning" was coined due to the timing of the patient's confusion. For patients with sundowning syndrome, a multitude of behavioral problems begin to occur in the evening or while the sun is setting.

Licking his wounds after the critical drubbing of "The Last Airbender," along with the equally reviled and commercial bomb "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan is going indie, with production already underway on "Sundowning." The project has been shooting somewhat in secret for a while, but some new details have emerged that will hopefully see Shyamalan getting his mojo back.

The Wrap reveals that Kathryn Hahn and child actor Ed Oxenbould star in the film about "a single mother whose two young children visit their grandparents… and things go very wrong." That's all the plot that's being let out of the bag right now, but of course, it's the title—see the meaning above—that's the biggest point of interest.

Filming is expected to wrap in Pennsylvania shortly, and we can only surmise that this will be one to keep an eye out for on the fall festival circuit. Could this be the comeback Shyamalan needs?

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10 Comments

  • fred | March 24, 2014 7:51 PMReply

    hack hack koff koff

  • Apu | March 23, 2014 6:51 AMReply

    FROM THE VISIONARY DIRECTOR OF THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE, AND... WELL, BETTER STOPPING HERE, RIGHT?

  • Drake Eddings | March 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    NO, YOU FORGOT "SIGNS" WHICH WAS WAY MORE SUCCESSFUL THAN UNBREAKABLE WAS (WITH BOTH CRITICS AND BOX-OFFICE) SO ANYONE IS RIGHT TO PUT IT ABOVE UNBREAKABLE, WHICH I DO. "SIGNS" IS MY FAVORITE SHYAMALAN MOVIE. I DON'T CARE FOR UNBREAKABLE, EVEN THOUGH I ACKNOWLEDGE ITS GREATNESS.

  • serena | March 22, 2014 7:29 PMReply

    ...but do we really *want* him to get his mojo back? He's only made one great movie, and even then I prefer the essential copycat THE OTHERS to THE SIXTH SENSE. Just 'cos you do it first don't mean you do it best; for all his directorial talent, he has Van Gogh's ear for dialogue.

  • Demond | March 22, 2014 4:08 PMReply

    This Could Be The Comeback That He Needs, But With So Many Previous Critical & Commercial Disasters To His Name, Who'd Actually Be Willing To This Movie? Audience Trust In Him Is None Existant, & Has Been For YEARS.

  • Swell | March 22, 2014 6:28 PM

    From Sixth Sense through The Village, Shyamalan raked em in. After that, it's a bit more spotty... but only Lady in The Water really took much of a loss and even that wasn't as disastrous as it's remembered. Lady in the Water cost 70 before marketing (marketing is usually equal-ish to the budget for a film of that size) and made 72 worldwide.... that's surely a loss, despite a quick glance assessment otherwise. The Happening turned a profit ($48 mil before marketing, made $163). Last Airbender ($150 mil to $319 mil take). After Earth probably took a slight loss though, or possibly broke even-ish thanks to an international audience more than 3 times the size of the US one. After all is said and done, though, he makes money for the studios especially after ancillary cash comes in from DVD's and cable rights and such, even though his films have been more or less critically reviled for the past decade.

  • squemby | March 22, 2014 5:24 PM

    I Don't Like Him Either But You're Wrong Apparently: "every M. Night Shyamalan film since The Sixth Sense has turned a profit. The Happening made three times its budget." Look up his wikipedia

  • Andrew from Troy | March 22, 2014 2:29 PMReply

    What about Labor of Love with Bruce Willis?

  • DRAKE EDDINGS | March 23, 2014 8:15 PM

    What ABOUT it? Why don't you go talk about that movie on an article that was actually made FOR that movie. This article is about Sundowning, not Labor of Love. (I look forward to both movies, though, since Shyamalan is my favorite thriller director.)

  • Anonymouse | March 22, 2014 2:15 PMReply

    i think shyamalan is one great script away from being an exciting filmmaker again. he had two great films - the 6th sense and unbreakable - and a slew of really bad ones with brief glimpses of visual brilliance. he should veer left, maybe, and do a crime noir with strong characters. maybe one penned by ellroy or even a raymond chandler adaptation. hell, how about a season of True Detective?

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