It's not much of a leap to say that M. Night Shyamalan is at his best when he's telling small, contained stories. Give him a family, a farmhouse and some lights in the sky and he can do some amazing things. Give him a huge budget and an anime to adapt, and, well, it doesn't turn out quite so well.
That's why we're so excited for Shyamalan's next movie, The Visit, that sees him partnering with low-budget horror maestro Jason Blum (Unfriended, The Purge). Not only does the trailer look plenty freaky, but early buzz on the movie is fairly strong as well. And apparently Blum and Shyamalan are both happy with the result, too, because they're already planning their next movie together.
But wait! It gets better!
Not only are Shyamalan and Blum making another low-budget genre movie together, but the writer-director is currently talking to his old pal Joaquin Phoenix about starring in it. There's no plot details yet (hardly a surprise given the notoriously secretive Shyamalan), but the last time the two worked together we got the greatness that is Signs. If he can keep things on a similarly small scale and lure in one of the greatest actors alive to power it all, we may just be in store for something truly special.