Following news that writer/director M. Night Shyamalan laid the smackdown on Disney in a whopping 278-page book entitled The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career, I'm a bit turned off from the dude. Look, we all know that working with a studio could, at times, be compared to smashing ones head against a brick wall over and over and over again, but why bitch about it this way? I understand slipping in a jab or two while promoting Lady in the Water, however, a 278-page book is taking things a bit too far. Perhaps we should change its name to read: The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Developed The Biggest Ego Known to Man.
That being said, an early review of Shyamalan's Lady in the Water has just popped up over on JoBlo. (And, from what I understand, this isn't another practical joke ... I hope.) Without giving too much away, let's just say they feel the film is one of Shyamalan's finest to date, going as far to say it's "the best film of its kind since The Princess Bride." Being a huge fan of The Princess Bride, that's a very bold statement and I sincerely hope Lady lives up to such praise. Seriously, I do. Even though I'm a bit peeved over this whole 278-page book thing, I do enjoy Shyamalan's work. He's a passionate filmmaker who delivers solid stories and wonderful performances. Could his departure from Disney turn out to be the best move Shyamalan ever makes? Well, that question will certainly be answered when Lady in the Water hits theaters on July 21.