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* CareerResurrection: Due to multiple critical and commercial failures, his career was pretty much dead and buried around the beginning of the 2010's and he was more well known as a punchline and cautionary tale of a director who started out strong and faded or someone who believed their own hype too much than for his films. His fortunes began to change with the series ''Series/WaywardPines'' which showed people he still had some life in him and ''Film/TheVisit'' which was seen as a huge step up from his previous films. He then had a full-fledged comeback with ''Film/Split'' which earned him rave reviews and did extremely well at the box office and many are excited to see the follow-up ''Film/Glass2019''. Unfortunately, ''Glass'' was not as well received, perhaps ending this resurrection.

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* CareerResurrection: Due to multiple critical and commercial failures, his career was pretty much dead and buried around the beginning of the 2010's and he was more well known as a punchline and cautionary tale of a director who started out strong and faded or someone who believed their own hype too much than for his films. His fortunes began to change with the series ''Series/WaywardPines'' which showed people he still had some life in him and ''Film/TheVisit'' which was seen as a huge step up from his previous films. He then had a full-fledged comeback with ''Film/Split'' ''Film/{{Split}}'' which earned him rave reviews and did extremely well at the box office and many are excited to see the follow-up ''Film/Glass2019''. Unfortunately, ''Glass'' was not as well received, perhaps ending this resurrection.


* CareerResurrection: Due to multiple critical and commercial failures, his career was pretty much dead and buried around the beginning of the 2010's and he was more well known as a punchline and cautionary tale of a director who started out strong and faded or someone who believed their own hype too much than for his films. His fortunes began to change with the series ''Series/WaywardPines'' which showed people he still had some life in him and ''Film/TheVisit'' which was seen as a huge step up from his previous films. He then had a full-fledged comeback with ''Film/Split'' which earned him rave reviews and did extremely well at the box office and many are excited to see the follow-up ''Film/Glass2019''.

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* CareerResurrection: Due to multiple critical and commercial failures, his career was pretty much dead and buried around the beginning of the 2010's and he was more well known as a punchline and cautionary tale of a director who started out strong and faded or someone who believed their own hype too much than for his films. His fortunes began to change with the series ''Series/WaywardPines'' which showed people he still had some life in him and ''Film/TheVisit'' which was seen as a huge step up from his previous films. He then had a full-fledged comeback with ''Film/Split'' which earned him rave reviews and did extremely well at the box office and many are excited to see the follow-up ''Film/Glass2019''. Unfortunately, ''Glass'' was not as well received, perhaps ending this resurrection.


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** More or less; he pioneered "realistic" {{Comic Book|s}} films out of his love for comics, at least.
** He certainly claims to be a huge fan of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', and apparently made [[Film/TheLastAirbender the movie]] [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his kids]].

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* CareerResurrection: Due to multiple critical and commercial failures, his career was pretty much dead and buried around the beginning of the 2010's and he was more well known as a punchline and cautionary tale of a director who started out strong and faded or someone who believed their own hype too much than for his films. His fortunes began to change with the series ''Series/WaywardPines'' which showed people he still had some life in him and ''Film/TheVisit'' which was seen as a huge step up from his previous films. He then had a full-fledged comeback with ''Film/Split'' which earned him rave reviews and did extremely well at the box office and many are excited to see the follow-up ''Film/Glass2019''.


* BigNameFan: Autistic activist Creator/ChristianFrates admired Shyamalan's work.


** All of his films up to and including ''Film/AfterEarth'' were scored by Creator/JamesNewtonHoward, though Shyamalan couldn't afford to hire him for ''Film/TheVisit'' and ''Split'', resulting in the former having a PublicDomainSoundtrack, and the latter being scored by TV composer West Dylan Thordson.

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** All of his films up to and including ''Film/AfterEarth'' were scored by Creator/JamesNewtonHoward, Music/JamesNewtonHoward, though Shyamalan couldn't afford to hire him for ''Film/TheVisit'' and ''Split'', resulting in the former having a PublicDomainSoundtrack, and the latter being scored by TV composer West Dylan Thordson.

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* BigNameFan: Autistic activist Creator/ChristianFrates admired Shyamalan's work.

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* UncreditedRole: He was an uncredited script doctor for ''Film/ShesAllThat''. His contributions are mentioned on the DVDCommentary for the film.


* PlayingAgainstType: Playing around with this somewhat in his CareerResurrection. ''Film/TheVisit'' was far less art house than most of his previous films. Based on the trailer, ''Split'' could go either ways, since it deals with mental illness.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Playing around with this somewhat in his CareerResurrection. ''Film/TheVisit'' was far less art house than most of his previous films. Based on the trailer, ''Split'' could go either ways, since it deals with mental illness.is more of a return to form as a straightforward PsychologicalThriller (unsurprising as it's a [[spoiler:StealthSequel to ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'']]).

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* BeamMeUpScotty: Some people are under the impression that "What a twist!" is an actual catchphrase of his, when it actually came from ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken.''
* CreatorBacklash: Shyamalan has stated that ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' was the first film he saw as a genuine failure and still hasn't gotten over how he disappointed thousands of fans of the original source material.


* ProductionPosse: A number of actors have ended up as main characters in sequential films. Creator/BruceWillis in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' and ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. Creator/JoaquinPhoenix in ''Film/{{Signs}}'' and ''Film/TheVillage''. Creator/BryceDallasHoward for ''The Village'' and ''Film/LadyInTheWater''. Betty Buckley breaks the trend somewhat by not being in sequential films, ''Film/TheHappening'' and ''Film/{{Split}}''.

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A number of actors have ended up as main characters in sequential films. Creator/BruceWillis in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' and ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. Creator/JoaquinPhoenix in ''Film/{{Signs}}'' and ''Film/TheVillage''. Creator/BryceDallasHoward for ''The Village'' and ''Film/LadyInTheWater''. Betty Buckley breaks the trend somewhat by not being in sequential films, ''Film/TheHappening'' and ''Film/{{Split}}''.
** All of his films up to and including ''Film/AfterEarth'' were scored by Creator/JamesNewtonHoward, though Shyamalan couldn't afford to hire him for ''Film/TheVisit'' and ''Split'', resulting in the former having a PublicDomainSoundtrack, and the latter being scored by TV composer West Dylan Thordson.

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* ProductionPosse: A number of actors have ended up as main characters in sequential films. Creator/BruceWillis in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' and ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. Creator/JoaquinPhoenix in ''Film/{{Signs}}'' and ''Film/TheVillage''. Creator/BryceDallasHoward for ''The Village'' and ''Film/LadyInTheWater''. Betty Buckley breaks the trend somewhat by not being in sequential films, ''Film/TheHappening'' and ''Film/{{Split}}''.


* AHeroToHisHometown: The Indian government awarded him the Padma Shri, their fourth highest civilian honour, roughly the equivalent to a British OBE, in 2008.


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* FanNickname: Shambles-an - Referred to as such by [[WebVideo/CinematicExcrement Sean Moore]] in his review of ''After Earth'', as a reference to the declining quality of his films.

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Shambles-an - Referred to as such by [[WebVideo/CinematicExcrement Sean Moore]] in his review of ''After Earth'', as a reference to the declining quality of his films.



* OneOfUs: More or less; he pioneered "realistic" {{Comic Book|s}} films out of his love for comics, at least.

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More or less; he pioneered "realistic" {{Comic Book|s}} films out of his love for comics, at least.



* PlayingAgainstType: Playing around with this somewhat in his CareerResurrection. ''Film/TheVisit'' was far less art house than most of his previous films. Based on the trailer, Split could go either ways, since it deals with mental illness.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox initially approached Shyamalan as the screenwriter and director for TheFilmOfTheBook for ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', which would actually have been quite appropriate because the novel's protagonist is also from Pondicherry, India. It was meant to be his first project after ''Film/TheVillage''; but instead, he then made ''Film/LadyInTheWater''.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Playing around with this somewhat in his CareerResurrection. ''Film/TheVisit'' was far less art house than most of his previous films. Based on the trailer, Split ''Split'' could go either ways, since it deals with mental illness.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox initially approached Shyamalan as the screenwriter and director for TheFilmOfTheBook for ''Literature/LifeOfPi'', which would actually have been quite appropriate because the novel's protagonist is also from Pondicherry, India. It was meant to be his first project after ''Film/TheVillage''; but instead, he then made ''Film/LadyInTheWater''.''Film/LadyInTheWater''.
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* HeAlsoDid: He co-wrote the screenplay for 1999's ''StuartLittle'' and stated in a 2013 interview that he did a ghost-write of ''ShesAllThat''.

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* HeAlsoDid: He co-wrote the screenplay for 1999's ''StuartLittle'' ''Film/StuartLittle'' and stated in a 2013 interview that he did a ghost-write of ''ShesAllThat''.''Film/ShesAllThat''.


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* PlayingAgainstType: Playing around with this somewhat in his CareerResurrection. ''Film/TheVisit'' was far less art house than most of his previous films. Based on the trailer, Split could go either ways, since it deals with mental illness.

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