UTV Motion Pictures and 20th Century Fox have entered into a co-production deal for Hollywood filmmaker M Night Shyamalan’s latest movie ‘The Happening’, which releases on June 13. While UTV Motion Pictures would look after the film’s distribution in India, 20th Century Fox would handle the worldwide distribution.
Ronnie Screwvala, CEO, UTV, said, “This Night Shyamalan film is the biggest co-production as yet from an Asian production house. We are excited to work with one of the best directors in the world. Personally, I have admired and followed Shyamalan’s work since ‘Sixth Sense’. He is an extremely talented writer-director and ‘The Happening’, a sci-fi film, is going to get the best worldwide release.”
On the distribution front, Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures said that there were already 100-125 prints ready for the India release of the film. When asked about other promotional and multiplex tie-ups for the film, both Roy and Screwvala said that they would announce the plans plans closer to the film’s release.
It may be recalled that UTV Motion Pictures has forged partnerships with three of the top five Hollywood film studios – Fox, Sony, and Disney.
Meanwhile, Shyamalan, who is known for his sci-fi thrillers like ‘Sixth Sense’, ‘Signs’ and ‘Unbreakable’, is in India to announce his new film. This is a happy homecoming for the filmmaker as he would also be conferred with the Padmashri in recognition of his contribution to films.
The Oscar-nominated writer-director said, “My partnership with UTV in the making of ‘The Happening’ has also given me, for the first time, a real opportunity to foster my relationship with Indian audiences. This will be an emotional and spiritual journey experience we will never forget.”
‘The Happening’ focuses on man’s presence on Earth and explores the environment as the victim of his villainy. Shot extensively in the East Coast of America and Philadelphia, Shyamalan’s hometown, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo and Spencer Breslin in key roles.