Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but throughout his career — minus his recent low-budget “The Visit,” and failure-on-all-fronts “The Last Airbender” — he’s had a knack for landing big actors for his movies, and with some, collaborating on multiple films. In fact, Joaquin Phoenix, who appeared in “Signs” and “The Village,” was lining up a third movie with Shyamalan, but it looks like that hasn’t worked out. (And apparently, a deal was never made).
THR reports that James McAvoy, certainly no slouch himself, has replaced Phoenix in the untitled film. Plot details are under wraps about the project in development over at Blumhouse Productions, which has grossed $67 million worldwide with “The Visit.” On paper, that’s not great, and the lowest global figure in the director’s career. But considering it cost next to nothing, the profit margin is quite healthy, which likely pleases Blumhouse and Universal to no end.
No word yet on when this might shoot, but more details are likely to come light when McAvoy starts doing the rounds for “Victor Frankenstein,” which opens next month.