M. Night Shyamalan seems to be vying for a sort of renaissance, with Wayward Pines earning fairly good reviews and his upcoming film, the low-budget, self-financed The Visit, marking his return to indie horror. Now Deadline reports that Shyamalan is in talks reunite with an old collaborator: Joaquin Phoenix. The premise for the film remains mysterious, as is the case with most of Shyamalan's movies, but production will tentatively begin this fall, with the shoot taking place in Philadelphia. Phoenix last appeared in Shyamalan's The Village (2004), the film held up by many as the point when the filmmaker's reputation took a nosedive. It was a box-office hit, earning over $250 million, but it was also his first film to earn a "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (None of his films has been "Fresh" since.) The year after The Village, Phoenix earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, while Shyamalan made Lady in the Water. Hopefully reuniting with Phoenix could foment a creative resurgence for the filmmaker.
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
SNL Says Goodbye to Barack Obama With Poignant 'To Sir, With Love' Performance
At the Sundance Women's March, Jessica Williams Excels in the Role of Inspirational Leader
Saturday Night Live Recap: Aziz Ansari Cheers Up a Trumped Nation
Everything's Coming Up Kellyanne Conway in SNL Musical Number
Aziz Ansari Tells Trump's White Supremacists to Go Back to Where They Came From (a Time When They Had to Pretend Not to Be Racist) on SNL
La La Land’s Ending Reveals the Movie’s True Romance
Shia LaBeouf Is Doing a 4-Year-Long Anti-Trump Livestream Event
Paul Scheer Nails Why Being a New Parent Ruins Your Best Friendships
Let’s Talk About the Ending of Split
Scarlett Johansson at Women's March on Washington: 'Don't Let the Feelings of Helplessness Make You Complacent'
Latest News from VultureMadonna Clarifies That Her 'Blowing Up the White House' Comment Does Not in Fact Mean She Intends to Blow the White House Up
She says it was "one phrase taken wildly out of context."Sundance: Anton Yelchin Is as Good as He's Ever Been In One of His Final Film Roles
Few actors are better than Yelchin at being both blustering and vulnerable.Bruce Springsteen on Women's March: 'We Are the New American Resistance'
Springsteen couldn't be with the protesters in body, but boy is he there in spirit.Director David Ayer on Suicide Squad: I 'Wish I Had a Time Machine'
His solution somehow involves more Joker.Sundance: The Discovery Is Netflix's Spritual Cousin to The OA
The sci-fi film looks primed to benefit from Netflix's hit show about the afterlife.New King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer for You, From Guy Ritchie
Charlie Hunnam is an old-time guy.Amazon Spends $12 Million on Sundance Rom-Com The Big Sick from Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Showalter, and Judd Apatow
One of the first big buys of this year's festival.Kristen Stewart Is Making a 'Kick Ass' Short Film About Gun Control
"My next short is so political."Taylor Swift, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, and More Among Celebs Showing Support for Women's March
Taylor Swift, Jessica Chastain, and Zendaya are among the supporters.Cher on Trump Supporters: 'We Are Going to Kick Their Ass'
"His supporters always call us whiners, but we are going to kick their ass."
On February 4.Saturday Night Live Recap: Aziz Ansari Cheers Up a Trumped Nation
Aziz Ansari brings a joyful, exuberant presence to Studio 8H.SNL Says Goodbye to Barack Obama With Poignant 'To Sir, With Love' Performance
Hold yourself together.Everything's Coming Up Kellyanne Conway in SNL Musical Number
"And when the world goes up in flames, at least I'll know they knew my name."Aziz Ansari Tells Trump's White Supremacists to Go Back to Where They Came From (a Time When They Had to Pretend Not to Be Racist) on SNL
"You gotta go back to pretending."At the Sundance Women's March, Jessica Williams Excels in the Role of Inspirational Leader
"I am my ancestors' dream," she told the crowd.Paul Scheer Nails Why Being a New Parent Ruins Your Best Friendships
"You're just awash with people you wouldn't even want to have dinner with."Is This the Most Politically Relevant Film at Sundance?
A uniquely relevant movie for our time.The Cast of The Little Hours Sets the Bar High for Awkward Crotch Sniffing
A new low or a new high?We Asked Rashida Jones About Her First Concert Which She Described As "Magic"
The King of Pop delivered.