M. Night Shyamalan Almost Directed a Blink-182 Music Video
"And I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost — whatever it was — $20 million"
Published Aug 04, 2021Talk about a twist: Once upon a time in the early-2000s, at a hotel in Japan, renowned alien-hunter Tom DeLonge asked none other than the M. Night Shyamalan — fresh off his 2002 UFO thriller Signs — to direct a music video for Blink-182. Okay, this might not actually be that much of a twist after all.
On a recent episode of Apple Music 1 Series After School Radio, DeLonge and Mark Hoppus got to reminiscing about the time when MTV enlisted the band to interview celebrities about upcoming movie releases. Hoppus interviewed the cast of Austin Powers: Goldmember, while DeLonge got to chat with Mel Gibson while he was promoting Shyamalan's Signs.
Later, they happened to run into the director at a hotel in Japan. Hoppus remembers DeLonge telling him, "I'm going to ask him to direct a Blink-182 video."
"Within half an hour, we're all sitting together and he's coming up with ideas for a Blink video," said Hoppus [via A.V. Club]. "And I mean, he did come up with a whole treatment and everything. It was going to cost — whatever it was — $20 million, but I mean, just on your gumption or I don't know, no fucks to give, just walk up to somebody and say, 'Hey, I want you to direct a Blink video.'"
But obviously, it didn't pan out. DeLonge hypothesizes that the standard low-budget operations for Blink-182 music videos probably played a role in the collaboration never coming to fruition. "I think when he found out what music video budgets really were, he was like, 'This is so beneath me,'" said DeLonge. "No, he didn't say that, but of course he was like, 'I'm not going to do this, this is a nightmare.'"
Oh, what could've been...
Check out DeLonge's MTV interview with Gibson for Signs below.
DeLonge recently approached another maverick of modern cinema — TikTok — in the Vegas rampage of his latest Angels & Airwaves video.