It's sometimes hard to take seriously. Not only have his movies gotten steadily more unwatchable over the last few years (The Happening was hilarious, but I don't think that was intentional), but he also seems to have an ego the size of Philadelphia. Don't believe me? Well maybe his latest book can help persuade you.
Ever the philanthropist and pioneer of social change, M. Night has written a book titled I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap. If it wasn't bizarre enough that the filmmaker thinks he can solve the US's education problems, the real kicker comes when he explains his motivation for writing the book:
He didn't get recognized while visiting a school in Philly.
Check out his interview on PBS and see for yourself.
To be fair, it seems that Shyamalan cares about the topic, so all power to him for trying to do something about it.
I also wonder if there's big twist at the end of the book. Perhaps it turns out that all teachers are actually aliens from a distant Exoplanet, sent to Earth to enslave our children. Then in a twist on the twist, it turns out that they're not aliens, but are instead ghosts used by the government to maintain the divide between rich and poor.
And then the wind blows and everybody dies.