The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale and Lost

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Penguin, Jul 20, 2006 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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A behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan

In his relatively young career, M. Night Shyamalan has achieved phenomenal commercial and critical success. His films The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village have grossed over $1.5 billion and reinvented the thriller genre. Because Shyamalan has worked outside of the Hollywood system, however, his filmmaking habits and personality have remained largely unknown. But reporter Michael Bamberger obtained unprecedented access to Shyamalan during the tumultuous production of his film Lady in the Water, and in The Man Who Heard Voices exposes the struggles and triumphs of this modern-day Hitchcock at work.

From revising the screenplay to shooting on location and evaluating the crucial initial test screening, The Man Who Heard Voices tracks all stages in the life of Shyamalan’s film. Bamberger delves into Shyamalan’s relationship with the actors and the studio (he moved from Disney to Warner Bros. for this film) while also profiling various players on set. The result is a fascinating insider portrait of creative genius—and the real-life story behind a Hollywood thriller.

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A surprisingly great book, perfect for anyone who loves film. I'm a big fan of Shyamalan's work, but you need not be to appreciate this account of his struggle to create Lady in the Water, which I must now re-watch as soon as possible! Read full review

The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale

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Sportswriter Bamberger's frothy though unconvincing account of the tentative making of Shyamalan's latest film, Lady in the Water, won't make a lasting contribution to film history but may appeal to ... Read full review

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Michael Bamberger is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of four books, including Wonderland: A Year in the Life of an American High School, published in 2004 to extensive acclaim.

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