M. Night Shyamalan
Two decades of interviews with the visionary filmmaker of such successful films as The Sixth Sense, Signs, and Unbreakable
As a visionary and distinctive filmmaker, M. Night Shyamalan (b. 1970) has consistently garnered mixed reception of his work by critics and audiences alike. After the release of The Sixth Sense, one of the most successful films from the turn of the millennium, Shyamalan promptly received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Since then, lauded films such as Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), and Split (2016) have alternated with less successful and highly criticized works, such as Lady in the Water (2006), The Last Airbender (2010), and After Earth (2013). Yet despite his polarizing aesthetics and uneven career, for two decades Shyamalan has upheld his cinematic style and remained an influential force in international film.
With interviews spanning from 1993 through 2022, M. Night Shyamalan: Interviews is the first survey of conversations with the filmmaker to cover the broad spectrum of his life and career. This collection includes interviews with renowned American film journalists such as Jeff Giles, Carrie Rickey, and Stephen Pizzello, and reflects the intense international interest in Shyamalan’s work by including newly translated conversations from French and German sources. Through its thorough and careful curation, this volume is bound to shake up readers’ perceptions of M. Night Shyamalan.