Apparently, you can only make so many critical and commercial flops before people start to get worried, as M. Night Shyamalan is now finding out. Because after an audience burst out into laughter at the filmmaker's name in a trailer for Devil, copywriter Chris Baker was inspired to start the site M. Night School, where cinephiles can donate money to help send Shyamalan back to film school, so no one needs to suffer through his uninspired "twists" and hackneyed plot devices anymore. All they need is $150,000! (The current amount raised? $349.08.)
Of course, what will happen with this money, since Shyamalan is probably not going to want it for its intended purpose? Baker does intend to offer it to the director, but smartly has a Plan B:
So what’s going to happen if the team manages to reach their $150,000 goal? “We want to do a stunt where we present him with a giant check,” Baker explains. “Obviously, the guy’s a multi-millionaire — he’ll refuse it.” If Shyamalan doesn’t accept the money or refuses to show up at such a ceremony, the site’s creators have a backup plan: They plan to hold a festival in New York for aspiring filmmakers hoping to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The winner of the festival will receive the money raised by M. Night School as a scholarship in Shyamalan’s name.
Sure, the project's a tad mean-spirited, but at least the money will end up going to a good cause. Plus, you can't expect to make a movie where the bad guy is trees and not get some blow back. Sorry, M.