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Trap | August 2, 2024 | Warner Bros. | M. Night Shyamalan

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros Pictures Group has inked a multi-year first-look directing and producing agreement with two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, whose movies have grossed $3.3 billion at the box office.


In a career spanning four decades, Shyamalan has the rare distinction of having film open at No. 1 in each of those decades. Most recently, he saw his seventh No. 1 opening at the box office with Universal’s Knock at the Cabin, which currently counts $40 million worldwide off a $20M production cost.


The pact with Shyamalan comes amid a string of talent deals made recently by Warner Bros. Pictures Group co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy; previous first looks include with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road as well as two-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, both first reported by Deadline.


Under the new agreement, Shyamalan and his Philadelphia-based production company Blinding Edge Pictures, run by president of production Ashwin Rajan, will develop original projects for the filmmaker to produce and/or direct for WBPG production divisions Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema. Projects currently in the pipeline at Blinding Edge include Trap, Shyamalan’s anticipated next project as a director, which is dated for theatrical release on August 2, 2024.


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7 hours ago, CaptainJackSparrow said:

I wonder why he left Universal.

Probably something to do with his last movie. It got early PVOD date (which Shymalan didnt want to do with Old) and he also switched agencies the day the movie released. Would be funny if the flexible theatrical windows stuff that Shymalan told Nolan to get him to collaborate with Universal is the reason he left.

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