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M. Night Shyamalan's Devil

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 20, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 20, 2009 |

M. Night Shyamalan is moving on from Avatar: The Last Airbender (not to be confused with James Cameron’s Avatar: Giant Blue Aliens) to start filming his next project, Devil. In the most predictable reversal of field since Coca-Cola scrapped New Coke, Devil will be a supernatural thriller, which has been described as “a group of people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is the devil.”

The cast is a group of relative unknowns (except for the Prince of Darkness, who I presume plays himself): Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend and Caroline Dhavernas. That’s gotta be about rock bottom for the deterioration of Shyamalan’s casts from the starting point of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

There really aren’t any more details to speak of, but that makes it the perfect opportunity to speculate in advance on the inevitable twist. I’ll get it started:

The twist is that there isn’t a twist.

The twist is that god is also in the elevator.

The twist is that the devil is actually the elevator itself.

The twist is that Keyser Soze convinces the rest of them that he doesn’t really exist.

If one of our fine commenters guesses the twist, I think M. Night is duty bound to cook them dinner. Twisty dinner.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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