M. Night Shyamalan graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts nearly two decades ago. And for a while there, he was making pretty decent, crowd-pleasing flicks like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. But it’s been a long slide, beginning with 2004’s The Village, encompassing such travesties as Lady in the Water, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, which took home the Razzie Award for last year’s Worst Picture. And yet, Hollywood keeps giving the notoriously narcissistic filmmaker gobs of money while it takes years for perfectly wonderful directors like Darren Aronofsky to get their movies funded.
But all that is about to change, because some genius has decided to crowdsource the funds to send Shyamalan back to NYU so he can learn how to make good films again. M. Night School is urging 150,000 good Samaritans to donate $1 each “so we can get him enrolled before he starts principal photography on 1000 A.E.” The site’s also got tons of downloadable goodies, as well as T-shirts and a funny “Plot Twist Package” available for purchase. Of course, while this is good for a quick laugh, your money is surely better spent donating to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.