Not all that long ago, Joaquin Phoenix was just another actor, the kind you might see making time for a smaller horror film every so often. Then he embarked on a truly nutso bit of performance art and returned with Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master as some kind of almost scary super actor.
Meanwhile, director M. Night Shyamalan, who started out as a maybe the next Spielberg, has been putting out movie after movie that people just love to hate (sometimes justifiably so, but I sort of keep pulling for the guy). Now he’s making super cheap horror movies, though I hear his new one, The Visit, is actually pretty good.
Right on the verge of both these transitions, Phoenix and Shyamalan worked together on The Village and Signs. So they liked each other. But as things change, it’s hard to know if pals from before are still pals today. Amazingly enough, it appears these two guys still have a soft spot for each other.
This is all to say that Phoenix is in talks to join a new Shyamalan film according to Deadline. We don’t know what it’s about. We don’t know what it’s called. But Jason Blum is producing it, so it’ll probably have a tiny budget and be about scary stuff.
Little scary movies don't really seem to be a Phoenix specialty, especially these days, so it’ll be nice to see the actor so something like this again. That’s if he takes the role, of course.