We’ve never been quite as down on M. Night Shyamalan‘s more recent cinematic output as most people seem to be. Sure, some of his later flicks have fallen spectacularly flat, but at least he aims higher in terms of plot than say a Michael Bay. We can imagine those same critics cynically reacting to Shyamalan’s surprising sideline project.
Shyamalan was a guest on Tavis Smiley’s PBS show earlier this week, talking about his new book I’ve Been Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap. The title says it all, and at the very beginning of the conversation, the filmmaker says people should rightly be skeptical of a guy like him authoring a book like this.
Be sure to watch the full interview; it’s a thought-provoking discussion of a most critical issue. Shyamalan at one point explains how some location scouting for The Happening at two very different Philadelphia high schools set the book project in motion.