Shyamalan Swims to Warner for Next Pic

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, who gave Disney the hit supernatural suspense thrillers The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, is taking his next feature effort, Lady in the Water, to Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lady in the Water is described as a fantasy thriller about a building superintendent who finds a sea nymph swimming in the pool of an apartment complex. Shyamalan has historically used digital effects sparingly in his films, but this upcoming production may require more computer-aided visuals.

The film was originally at Disney under Shyamalan’s first-look deal, but the studio and the auteur decided to not to make it together.

While Shyamalan’s last three pictures have grossed more than $100 million domestically and proved to be worldwide hits, none have managed to match his $673 million worldwide-grossing debut feature, The Sixth Sense, in terms of box office success, critical acclaim and general popularity. Released last summer, The Village was met with mixed reviews and flagging attendence for a Shyamalan film.

A production of Blinding Edge Pictures, Lady in the Water is being produced by Shyamalan and partner Sam Mercer.