How’s this for a twist… M. Night Shyamalan, one of our favorite directors around here, continues to surprise us. There have been a few times when I notice Stuart Little sitting out at various friends’ houses, and I ask if they know who wrote the screenplay for it. It’s amazing to watch their reaction when they read through the credits on the cover, and find it says “M. Night Shyamalan.”
Well, we have another title to add to that list. It’s not as easy to surprise people with this one, though, as his name is nowhere to be found in the credits.
She’s All That was a 1999 film that starred Freddie Prinze Jr. (24) and Rachel Leigh Cook. It was one of those run-of-the-mill movies in which someone takes a girl that everyone perceives as “ugly” or “odd” and turns them into a beauty, and everyone’s jealous now that she’s beautiful and everyone notices her now that she’s pretty. A plot that was also done in the TV show Boy Meets World, and I’m sure a thousand other things.
Night revealed that he ghost-wrote the film in an interview with Movies.com:
Shyamalan: By the way, I ghost-wrote a movie that same year that would even add to the breadth of it all, but I don’t know if I want to tell you which movie I ghost-wrote. [Laughs]
Movies.com: We’d love to hear about it.
Shyamalan: I ghost-wrote the movie She’s All That. [Laughs]