Making a deal with 'Devil'

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The Night Chronicles, M. Night Shyamalan's three-film financing/production partnership with Media Rights Capital, is launching with the supernatural thriller "Devil."

John Erick and Drew Dowdle will direct and executive produce a script by Brian Nelson based on an original story by Shyamalan. The project will be the first feature Shyamalan has written or produced without directing.

No plot details were revealed, but Shyamalan will oversee development and production on all three films. Night Chronicles exec Ashwin Rajan will identify talent and work closely with Shyamalan.

"Devil" heads into production next year, aiming for a PG-13 rating. The Night Chronicles features set to begin production in 2010 and 2011 also will be based on Shyamalan's original stories.

John Erick Dowdle directed "Quarantine," an adaptation of the Spanish horror hit "[Rec]" that he wrote with brother Drew.

"This is a dream for me. I wanted to find filmmakers that inspire me, and I found them," said Shyamalan, who will co-own the films' copyrights with MRC and shop them for distribution. (partialdiff)
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