M. Night Shyamalan Financed Glass To The Tune Of $20 Million

Shyamalan puts up big money to make his movies.

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Director M. Night Shyamalan has a history of self-financing his movies, and that continued with his latest effort, Glass. According to Forbes, Shyamalan made Glass with $20 million of his own money. That money was a combination of the earnings from his two most recent movies, Split and The Visit, as well as collateral from his 125-acre estate in Pennsylvania.

According to the report, Shyamalan took out a $5 million loan on his home years ago pay for The Visit. The movie was a huge success, going on to make $98 million worldwide. For Split, Shyamalan paid the $9 million production budget himself, and then reaped the benefits, as the movie earned a massive $278 million at the box office. The successes of The Visit and Split, as well as the aforementioned collateral, allowed Shyamalan to cover Glass' $20 million production budget.

Glass is expected to make more than $40 million in the US and Canada alone this weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly, so it appears it'll be another profitable film for Shyamalan.

As Forbes points out, it's not uncommon for up-and-coming directors to finance their films with their own money, but Shyamalan is an established director whose movies make a lot of money no matter what you say about their quality. One reason why Shyamalan opts to finance his movies out of his own pocket is because when big studio money gets involved, directors like Shyamalan generally have to give up some amount of creative control. Shyamalan financing movies himself theoretically gives him more freedom.

Glass, which stars James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis, has received a mixed critical reaction. GameSpot's review said it was a disappointment in some ways, while other critics had problems with it, too. For more, check out GameSpot's Glass review roundup to see what other critics are saying.

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M Night Shyamalan makes great video games. Thanks for this update GAMEspot!

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@PrimusTool: Obviously, you've known GameSpot has been covering entertainment outside of games, since 2016 or so. So why now are you taking umbrage with this; why now, for this article in particular?

And yes, it's annoying that GameSpot moved away from solely covering games, but at this point, it's old news, and people have learnt to just not click on these articles.

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@Mraou: I only visit here from time to time. It's still annoying especially when there's VR games that aren't getting reviewed.

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@Mraou: The weird thing is, if you click on his username and look at his previous posts, you'll see that he commented on posts about movies with no problem.

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@zmanbarzel: The Ghostbusters comment? I wish this site wouldn't post about it but there's at least a huge connection to video games with many fans considering the PS3 and Xbox games to be Ghostbusters 3.

M Night Shyamalan is a terrible director and most of his films have no connection to video games what so ever. I've come here out of habit for about 20 years, usually once a month but it depends, and I don't remember when all of these movie articles started popping up. It makes no sense to me why people would defend a "gaming" website publishing an article about a terrible director when Creed VR still hasn't been reviewed. I need to find a new website.

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Edited By Mraou

If you dislike M Night Shyamalan and his movies, then just say so; don't make a comment pretending you aren't aware the site has been covering movies for years.

Also, for what it's worth, Glass is a super hero film, thus has some connection to the geek culture demographic the site is trying to appeal to.

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@Mraou: Or I can say both. I don't remember when this started and I wish it'd stop. I doubt I'm alone.

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Edited By naryanrobinson

He's made a couple of gems, years ago, and boatloads of trash.

Hypothetically how much trash would he have to produce before people will admit that he's not good any more?

10 films? 20? 100?

His films aren't even reviewed as films any more, people now play them like a “Are you also a genius?” puzzle,

where the goal of the game is to prove to everyone how smart you are by finding something to like in the dumpster of poor pacing, garbled plot construction, and utter lack of payoff or conclusion.

Had it been directed by anyone else, it would have been universally acknowledged as what it is: A pretentious waste of time.

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@naryanrobinson: But the same thing cannot be said about a lot directors? Maybe he is not that good, but is not he, in his own right able to keep doing what he loves to do? Even if his movies are not that good like you said, some people enjoy them and that seems to be enough for him.

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Glass was terrific. Loved it.

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M Night is a true film maker. At least he writes his own original material. There aren't very many who do these days.

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