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So M. Night Shyamalan Probably Didn’t Ghostwrite ‘She’s All That’ After All?

So M. Night Shyamalan Probably Didn't Ghostwrite ‘She’s All That’ After All?

Remember recently when M. Night Shyamalan said that he ghostwrote the 1999 Freddie Prinze Jr./Rachael Leigh Cook rom-com She’s All That? Maybe not, but you should have at least read and/or heard that tidbit as a buzzworthy factoid by now. Over the past two weeks or so, the rumor has set the interwebs ablaze with “Hmm, that’s interesting/a bit odd/nuts.” With no real reason to doubt him, the media took the faux-teur at his word. And even taking things a bit farther than the film gossip-mill, IMDb changed the writers’ credits on “She’s All That” to give Shyamalan and R. Lee Fleming Jr. (the screenwriter who had the original credit) equal footing. Wikipedia went so far as to claim that Shyamalan was polishing the “She’s All That” script while adapting “Stuart Little” and working on “The Sixth Sense” (although it should be noted that they also misspelled Shyamalan’s name and misused a source). Now, it turns out that there may be yet another twist. How very fitting!

According to  the website The Mary Sue, Fleming (whose other writing credits include “Get Over It” and “One Tree Hill”) denied the claim outright on twitter: “@jxmitchell @nicolarz Only in his mind, James.” (The tweet has since been deleted from his account.) If this is the case, why would Shyamalan lie about his involvement? Maybe to drum up publicity for “After Earth”? If so, that is one very bizarre publicity campaign, claiming to have written an unrelated popular teenage rom-com from 14 years ago to promote a bloated father-son sci-fi adventure. Or maybe, just maybe, he’s pulling a Joaquin Phoenix-style hoax on all of us and this could be just part of an upcoming sequel to “The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan”? At this point it’s anyone’s guess, but again, if it’s a lie, it’s a pretty random one.

Whether Shyamalan ghostwrote it or not, the next time you watch that scene in “She’s All That” where Rachel Leigh Cook reveals that she can be attractive without those glasses and paint-spattered overalls, you may hear this when Freddie Prinze Jr.’s jaw drops. Now, that’s a twist.

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Comments

sam

my god, the Playlist, "faux-teur"? been drinking much, blog that i assume would want to be taken seriously? keep it in your pants, will you? we don't need this jizz.

TheoC

I reply because I'm a fool and ALL OF THIS is so wrong & I'm too involved, I'm an RLC fan but this really is two constipated guys fighting over a stool. Give up. Kill yourself, move on.

23423423

The IMDB change is ridiculous. Either way, he's uncredited. It should list Fleming on the main page – with a link to "more" writers, then list MNS as an uncredited writer on the full crew page. Get the WGA on this. Doesn't IMDB have to comply with their official credits?

Daniel

Whoever wrote it, this much we can all agree on: it's a classic.

Moonspinner

It's certainly possible M. Night did a polish or early draft of the script for which he didn't receive a screen credit.

Hasdi Bravo

Hey, I just fixed the 2002 interview cite on Wikipedia (and the misspelling, you nitpicker). I find it interesting that some people would rather believe a tweet from an unverified account of R. Lee Fleming, Jr. that any claim from M. Night Shyamalan. Has anyone thought about getting a statement from the REAL "R. Lee Fleming, Jr." before calling anyone a liar?

Brian

Faux-teur is the best thing I've read in a long time. Perfect.

yer

And Tarantino said he wrote Godard's King Lear to get a job yet no one makes a big deal about that or all the shit he steals in his films. Anyways, Shyamalan's career has been dead for awhile I doubt he ever recovers and rightfully so.

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