M. Night Shyamalan is teaming up with Universal Pictures for two new original thrillers which will hit theaters February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023 respectively, the studio announced Monday.
The filmmaker and the distributor have previously partnered on films including “The Visit,” “Split” and “Glass.”
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Peter Cramer, President, Universal Pictures, said in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”
Shyamalan added: “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience. I am so excited to be working with them again and bringing new stories to the movie screen for years to come.”
Shyamalan’s films have grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide, with his most recent film, “Glass,” having earned $250 million worldwide. The filmmaker independently financed “The Visit,” “Glass” and “Split,” and will similarly finance his upcoming two films.
He is currently awaiting the release on a new 10-episode psychological thriller series called “Servant,” which will debut on AppleTV+. He executive produced the series and also directed two episodes.
Shyamalan is represented by WME and Rowe PR.