Last year Warner Bros. President Alan Horn was at the top of his game. Boy wizard Harry Potter, eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka and crime fighter Batman catapulted Warner to its most profitable year.
Warner Bros. President Alan Horn, and his top production executive Jeff Robinov, had high hopes for Shyamalan’s $70-million ‘Lady in the Water,’ which sources estimate could lose $20 million to $30 million. The movie was panned by critics. Some observers also question whether Shyamalan, known for such hits as ‘The Sixth Sense,’ inadvertently sabotaged his movie by participating in a tell-all book published one day before the film’s release.
Critics said he came off as whiny and spoiled in lambasting his long-term allies at Walt Disney Studios for passing on his movie. Horn said the book didn’t help the movie but he defended his decision to greenlight ‘Lady.’ ‘I thought it was a good bet,’ Horn said. ‘Night Shyamalan is extremely talented, and my respect, affection and commitment to him is unchanged.’
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