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M. Night Shyamalan's Latest Shocking Twist: He Ghost-Wrote 'She's All That'
M. Night Shyamalan, who just suffered another flop with After Earth, chose an odd time to admit a less-than-impressive screen credit: He ghost wrote the '90s teen flick She's All That.
The director, who's had a string of under-performing films after his 1999 smash hit The Sixth Sense, fessed up to the secret screenwriting gig while promoting his new movie.
“I don’t know if I want to tell you which movie I ghost-wrote,” he told Movies.com before admitting it was the Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze romcom, which came out the same year as The Sixth Sense.
Since Shyamalan's been looking for some credibility from critics and audiences after suffering disappointments like The Happening and The Last Airbender, owning up to another crappy movie (although it grossed a respectable $63 million against a $10 million budget) maybe isn't the best idea.
The interview was actually published on May 29, but is just now making the rounds on sites including ABC News.
When Movies.com asked Shyamalan if he had any "guilty pleasure" movies, he didn't reveal a secret penchant for romcoms, but instead mentioned a highly personal film, the Indian classic, Pather Panchali, demonstrating he still has good taste in movies he watches.