M. Night Shyamalan Calls 'Glass' His $20 Million Version of 'Avengers'
For M. Night Shyamalan, more money means more problems. The filmmaker actually prefers to make moves with smaller budgets.
"I’m like, 'What if you can give people Avengers for nothing?' I feel like I can deliver the same-quality movie at $20 million that they can for $200 million or $250 million by hiring the right people and having full control," he said.
He added, "It allows me to do whatever I want. Cast whomever, crew whomever, shoot it however, reshoot however, don’t shoot whatever. Take huge risks."
Shyamalan explained that had he pitched "Split" to a studio, he would've been turned down immediately due to the plot (which involves girls getting abducted and abused).
Instead, he partnered with Blumhouse Productions to make "Split" on a lower budget. It ended up becoming a huge success at the box office.
Shymalan likes to make risky bets, but they don't always pay off. Not only was "The Happening" critically reviled, its own star, Mark Wahlberg, complained it was a "bad movie."
As to that, the director said, "It’s totally his call. However he wants to interpret it."
Even the box office and critical bombs are helpful in their way.
"Failure is very cleansing, and success is very confusing," he said.
"For example, whatever happens with 'Glass,' good or bad, I just want to go back to the blank piece of paper again and feel a connection to whatever the next idea is. When no one is calling you, it helps you do that."
"Glass" opens in theaters January 18.