Director M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis have worked on The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable together. That was a time when Shyamalan was making great movies, and it seemed like he had a good career ahead of him. The two talents are looking to team up again for a movie called Labor of Love.
What makes this project interesting is the fact that it's one of the first scripts that Shyamalan sold. Fox picked it up back in 1993, but it didn't go anyway because Shyamalan wanted to direct it, and they didn't want him to. It was years before he directed The Sixth Sense. Several years ago Denzel Washington was looking to do it, but it didn't pan out.
The story doesn't have the supernatural elements that we have come to expect from the writer/director. This is a smaller scale film in which Willis would play a "Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to show her posthumously just how much he did love her. That trek starts from Philadelphia to Pacifica, CA, which was her favorite place."
This actually might be a good film for Shyamalan to take on. It's a smaller story that goes back to the basics of filmmaking. It's also a film that he wrote when he was actually coming up with good ideas. It's cool that Willis is going to jump on board the project with him. I imagine there will be some kind of twist in the story, but we'll have to wait and see. This actually could turn out to be a decent film for Shyamalan, who has made nothing but crap over the last few years.
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