Last year, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan worked out a deal with Media Rights Capital to turn three of his original ideas into screenplays. But here’s the twist, Shyamalan won’t be writing the script or directing the movie, just tossing out the premise that will become the thriller and then producing.
The first of those ideas is titled Devil and has been expanded into a screenplay by Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy). Until this week we didn’t know much about the project, other than it will be directed by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Luckily, Slashfilm has uncovered a few juicy tidbits that should shed some light on the story Shyamalan imagined.
Obviously, there will be spoilers beyond this point:
“Devil is basically a supernatural thriller set inside of an office building. There are some people stuck in an elevator, and one of them is not who they say they are.” (Hint: it’s in the title.) “There is also a security guard and a policeman. The security guard is trying to convince the policeman to get them out of the elevator. He is also trying to convince the policeman that he is the chosen one to save the people.”
Two hours in an elevator? That’s going to require some fancy camera action to keep from being a static and well… boring movie. It can’t be any worse than The Happening though. With the Dowdle brothers on board, this looks like another “found footage” film, but that’s purely speculation on my part.
According to THR, Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend and Caroline Dhavernas will all play characters in the production that starts October 24 in Toronto.