When he broke through with the Oscar-nominated 'The Sixth Sense' in 1999, M. Night Shyamalan was proclaimed the next Steven Spielberg. He had no idea it would all be downhill from there.

After increasingly savage reviews for his films and sweeping the Razzies this year with 'The Last Airbender,' can it get any worse?

Maybe: Three movie fans are raising $150,000 to send M. Night Shyamalan back to film school.

Chris Baker, a copywriter and author, was first inspired last summer at a screening of 'Inception' when a trailer for 'Devil' drew howls of laughter at the phrase "from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan."

He was quickly joined by two more advertising buddies, one of whom proposed calling the project "M. Night School." The site wasn't ready to go, but when the news broke that Shyamalan was planning to step behind the camera again, the trio went live with their cinematic campaign. As of today, a total of $520.33 has been raised.

Baker admits that Shyamalan "will probably be a little hurt" when he finds out about the site, but points out, "his movies do make money, for better or for worse, which is kind of the irony of the whole thing."

Even if they do succeed in raising $150,000 towards such a dubious goal, they expect Shyamalan to turn it down. "We want to do a stunt where we present him with a giant check. Obviously, the guy's a multimillionaire, he'll refuse it."

Their backup plan: Hold a festival in New York for aspiring filmmakers hoping to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The winner will receive the money raised by M. Night School as a scholarship in Shyamalan's name.

Hey, it just might be the greatest contribution to the movies Shyamalan will ever make.

[Via Entertainment Weekly]
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