M. Night Shyamalan shot a film in secret, and now it's actually getting released

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Jul 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s been a long time since The Sixth Sense changed the way we think about twist endings, and M. Night Shyamalan has been trying to recapture that magic ever since. His latest effort? Shooting a movie in secret.

Shyamalan self-financed the project and teamed up with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) to shoot the film, dubbed The Visit, largely in “covert fashion,” according to Deadline. Universal Pictures has now picked up the movie with a theatrical opening penciled in for Sept. 11, 2015.

Here’s the vague synopsis, which definitely leaves enough wiggle room for some big twists:

The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

Though Unbreakable was, admittedly, awesome, monster flops like After Earth, The Happening and The Last Airbender really make you wonder if Shyamalan is still capable of making a truly good movie anymore. With The Visit, it sounds like he’s trying to tap into that low-budget style that provided the inspiration for The Sixth Sense. He’s already proven a big budget doesn’t make a good movie, so maybe bare bones is the magic trick he needs.

Do you think a super-secret film will finally return Shyamalan to the top?

(Via Deadline)

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