If you miss the good old days of M. Night Shyamalan movies, you may be in luck with the announcement via Deadline that his next project features a script he wrote early in his career. Also, he’s reteaming with Bruce Willis, star of his two best features, The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
Of course, now our expectations are built way up again for a filmmaker who has disappointed us way too many times. Also, the script, titled Labor of Love, goes back even further than the Sixth Sense days when everything was suspense and twists. But that could still be a good thing, and definitely the Willis involvement doesn’t hurt at all.
There are a lot of regular director and actor team-ups that we love, such as Scorsese and De Niro, Scorsese and DiCaprio, Fellini and Mastroianni, Godard and Karina, Bergman and Ullman, Ford and Wayne, Tarantino and Jackson, Burton and Depp, Wes Anderson and Bill Murray, and Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few.
But what about those collaborations that have only happened with one, maybe two movies? Just as we are glad Shyamalan and Willis are going beyond their two pairings, we can similarly be glad that Burton and Michael Keaton are maybe truly reuiniting for the Beetlejuice sequel.
Here are a few I’d like to see again: Terry Gilliam and Robert De Niro, Terry Gilliam and Robin Williams, Terry Gilliam and Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Ron Perlman, Werner Herzog and Christian Bale and — while I know this will never happen — Lars von Trier and Bjork.
Which director and actor collaboration would you like to see again?
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