CAA works Night shift

UTA's out as helmer leaves to new agency

M. Night Shyamalan has fired UTA, the agency that repped him for a decade, to sign with CAA.

The move comes after Shyamalan’s latest film, “Lady in the Water,” grossed $42 million for Warner Bros.

“Lady in the Water” marked an end to Shyamalan’s long relationship with Disney, which began when the studio bought “The Sixth Sense” in a spec deal in 1997. He followed with the films “Unbreakable,” “Signs” and “The Village.”

The writer-director is the second big name to leave UTA for CAA recently; Jim Carrey departed during the summer after 15 years there.

The drama behind the end of that relationship — ex-Disney production head Nina Jacobson told Shyamalan she didn’t get the script, and didn’t like his decision to write a lead role for himself — was captured in Michael Bamberger’s book “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale.”

Shyamalan participated in the book, which was published to coincide with the release of “Lady in the Water.” UTA’s Jeremy Zimmer and Peter Benedek had repped Shyamalan since “Wide Awake,” released in 1998.

The agency brokered the deal for “The Sixth Sense,” which grossed $658 million worldwide and launched Shyamalan’s star.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading