M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis Re-Team for New Project

by ScreenCraft Staff on January 31, 2014

M. Night Shyamalan is in negotiations to re-team with Bruce Willis for the thriller, Labor of Love.

The team previously made the 1999 thriller The Sixth Sense and the 2000 thriller Unbreakable, with Shyamalan as director and Willis as lead actor.

In Labor of Love, Willis will play a book store owner from Philadelphia who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. He grapples with the fact that he never got to tell his wife how much he loved her, so he embarks on a journey across the country to show her his true feelings, posthumously. He begins in Philadelphia and plans to end at his wife’s favorite place, Pacifica, CA.

Labor of Love is based on one of the very first screenplays that Shyamalan sold in his career. Mike Fleming Jr from Deadline wrote that the script “went to Fox in 1993, but it didn’t get made back then because Shyamalan was fighting to get into the director’s chair and the studio wasn’t biting. The script came into play several years ago when Denzel Washington was eyeing it. It’s a lot closer to Shyamalan’s first script Praying With Anger than the supernatural stuff he did later."

In addition to directing The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, Shyamalan directed and produced the films After Earth, The Last Airbender, The Happening, Lady in the Water, The Village, Signs and Praying with Anger. He is also the director and executive producer of the 2014 TV series, Wayward Pines.

In other recent Hollywood news, NBC has given a pilot order to a multi-camera comedy titled One Big Happy from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. Check out the ScreenCraft post Liz Feldman to Write Script for Ellen DeGeneres’ New Comedy.

Also, don’t miss Landon McDonald’s review of Somewhere Slow.

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