One of my favorite horror films is The Sixth Sense, even thought they avoided "horror" for the marketing--instead calling it a "supernatural thriller." It's definitely a horror film.
Some of the reasons I love this film: the amazing performance by child prodigy Haley Joel Osment, the relationship between Cole Sear and the dead psychologist Malcolm Crowe, and the supernatural world of ghosts that Shyamalan creates. I love how Shyamalan's ghosts behave--trying to put everything in order and not being aware of their state, and the way their wounds appear is creepy (thinking specifically about the boy who accidentally got shot in the head). Other things are cool too: the use of red and the way the temperature drops when a ghost is around.
But back to Cole Sear--he is a wonderful character. And I want more. We need more Cole Sear, Shyamalan!
Here's my pitch--it's very simple--Cole Sear in college. I know Osment is almost too old for this now, but I think he could still pull this off. Cole Sear is grown up, he's had a lot of therapy, but he's still trying to figure out his direction in life. He probably smokes cigarettes, has trouble in his love life, and he is still compelled to help dead people. I think a college setting would be perfect for this story, especially if the college campus is very unique with a mixture of historical and modern buildings. It could be a college with a lot of interesting history--maybe something back East to follow with some of the more historical ghosts that show up in Sixth Sense.
I know that Osment would do a brilliant job with this. While trying to go to college, he encounters a new supernatural mystery that is connected to some of the professors on the campus. The possibilities are endless.
Maybe Cole is getting his MFA in poetry! There are not enough poet-heroes in the movies.
And I believe that Shyamalan could write the script too. I believe in him, despite a few of his films that have belly-flopped in recent years.
For the title, they could incorporate the word "seven" in there somehow, but not in an obvious way.
I would really love to see this movie! If you run into Shyamalan, let him know I have a pitch for him.