×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Deal makes ‘Sense’

'Sixth' helmer inks with Disney in deal

NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney.

For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, behind “Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace.” “Sixth Sense” recently overtook “Jaws” to become the 12th highest grossing film of all time.

The studio bought “Sixth Sense” as a spec script for $3 million, and Shyamalan gave the Mouse first crack at his follow-up project, “Unbreakable.” Disney responded by breaking the spec script record with a $5 million buy, plus another $5 million for Shyamalan to direct. Filming begins in April with the “Die Hard With a Vengeance” tandem of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson set to star.

Blinding Edge Pictures will be based in Shyamalan’s home town, Philadelphia. Like “Sense,” the Blinding Edge Pictures’ name plays true to Shyamalan’s spiritual side. He said he chose the name to describe “going towards a light … an edge, where people normally stop, but beyond there’s a beautiful thing.”

Shyamalan is repped by UTA.

(Michael Fleming in New York contributed to this report.)

More Film

  • Cicely Tyson accepts her honorary Oscar

    Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy Receive Honorary Oscars

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • Colombia’s Macondo Academy Award Winners, 2018

    ‘Killing Jesus’ Wins Big at Colombia’s 2018 Macondo Academy Awards

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • ‘Free Solo’ Tops Kendal Mountain Festival,

    ‘Free Solo’ Tops Kendal Mountain Festival

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • Olivier Awards 2016

    Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • ‘Act of Killing’s’ Final Cut for

    Frida and Lasse Barkfors Pitch 'School Shooters' At IDFA Forum

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • IDFA: ‘Dawn’ Director Carmen Torres on

    IDFA: Colombia’s Carmen Torres’ Talks IDFA Doc ‘Dawn’

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

  • VENOM

    China Box Office: 'Venom' Enjoys Spectacular $87 Million Second Weekend

    NEW YORK — M. Night Shyamalan, writer-director of “The Sixth Sense,” is near a first-look deal with Disney. For the Mouse House, the deal firms up a growing relationship with one of the hottest directors in town. Shyamalan’s “Sixth Sense” has already passed $250 million in domestic B.O., the second highest grossing film of 1999, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content