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Shayamalan's The Happening to release in June

entertainment Updated: May 06, 2008 12:32 IST

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Hollywood director Manoj Night Shayamalan whose next film The Happening is ready for release in June says that he does not chose the Sci-Fi genre deliberately.

Addressing a press conference here, Shayamalan said "the choice of the genre is not on my agenda. I think of a subject and it turns out to be of the Sci-Fi genre. It is just that I love to scare people."

The filmmaker's Sci-Fi thriller The Happening will release worldwide on June 13. It is a co-production of UTV Motion Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala said this was the biggest and the most high-profile Asian film co-production with a US studio budgeted at $57 million dollars.

Responding to questions about acceptability of Indian origin filmmakers in Hollywood, Shayamalan said "story telling is the king. If the screenplay is good, it does not matter who you are. I feel really accepted in Hollywood."

"I live in Philadelphia which is 3000 miles away from California. It is bizzare to make films without living in Hollywood", he said.

Asked whether he could consider playing the lead role in his films as he has the habit of appearing in cameos in his movies, Shayamalan said playing the lead was not physically possible.

He said he has been getting offers from other directors to act in their films but did not have the chance to think about them because he had been busy making his own films.

He said he likes to cast action heroes in his films in a non-action mould. "They bring bravado and energy to their screen presence," he added.