MUMBAI Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan will return
to his provocative, dark Hitchcockian style with "The
Happening," a thriller about a natural calamity that threatens
to wipe out humanity.
After making a successful debut with "The Sixth Sense" in
1999, Shyamalan found little commercial success with critics
panning his last two films, including "Lady in the Water" for
which he received the Golden Raspberry Award for worst
But the 37-year-old filmmaker, who shares Alfred
Hitchcock's custom of making cameo appearances in his films,
says "The Happening" will be a return to form.
"I want people to be scared after watching the film,"
Shyamalan, who is of Indian origin, said in a video conference
from Philadelphia late on Wednesday.
"It is my darkest and most Hitchcockian. They should be
afraid of what they see."
Shyamalan describes "The Happening" as a paranoia movie
from the 1960s on the lines of 'The Bird' and 'Invasion of the
Body Snatchers'. The film is slated to open in June/July 2008.
It deals with a family's attempts to survive a global
disaster. Shyamalan is shooting in Philadelphia - his hometown
- and the U.S. east coast.
The movie, written by Shyamalan, is being co-produced by
20th Century Fox and Mumbai-based Bollywood production company,
UTV Motion Pictures, which will equally share the $57 million
budget and all revenue streams.
"I always had a desire to do something in India, and stay
connected to India," Shyamalan said, referring to the
collaboration with UTV, whose credits include India's
foreign-language Oscar entry this year, "Rang De Basanti"
(Color Me Saffron).