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.