Last month exciting news was shared when we were told that the great Joaquin Phoenix would be starring in director M. Night Shyamalan’s new low budget horror project. The pair had previously worked together on Signs (2002) and The Village (2004).
Deadline now confirm that Phoenix is no longer appearing in the as yet untitled horror project, but he is looking to be replaced by an equally great actor, James McAvoy (above, Filth). This is also really exciting news.
Shyamalan’s recent return to proper horror, The Visit, has won some really impressive reviews, and after a disastrous career dive, Shyamalan is now climbing back up to where he belonged after such impressive films as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. Jason Blum is producing this new horror film, so let’s hope Shyamalan continues his career resurgence.
James McAvoy is in talks to set into the role previously being eyed by Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s new feature project, which will go before the cameras in November. Jason Blum, who paired with the director on Universal’s recent horror film The Visit, is producing the project. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers.
The logline for the new project is being kept under wraps, but Deadline has learned that it will be on the lower end of the budget scale, more in keeping with The Visit (budgeted at $5 million and fully financed by Shyamalan) than, say, the likes of The Last Airbender ($150 million).
McAvoy, who just completed X-Men: Apocalypse for Fox and Victor Frankenstein for that studio and Davis Entertainment, is repped by United Agents in the UK and UTA. Shyamalan is repped by WME.