EXCLUSIVE: The agency signing wars had been quiet, but they just heated up. WME has signed M. Night Shyamalan. The writer, director and producer has been developing as his next film the Sony Pictures tent pole A.E. which has Will Smith attached to star with his son, Jaden. Shyamalan had been repped by CAA.

The Philadelphia-based filmmaker last directed The Last Airbender and before that The Happening. Shyamalan also generated the genre film Devil through Night Chronicles, the banner he formed to hatch and produce fright fare with Media Rights Capital. Shyamalan spent several years with CAA and before that had been repped by UTA.