“I never had any idea that my lyrics were going to be so central to a movie that I had never been a fan of anything else.
And I’ve been a huge fan of movies ever since,” said Shyamala, who was born in the U.K. and moved to Los Angeles when he was 10 years old.
“I’m not saying this to brag, but the first time I heard my song ‘Maggie,’ I was absolutely in awe.
I was completely speechless.
I couldn’t believe it.
I just didn’t understand it.
It was a completely new world to me.”
In a rare interview with Billboard, Shyamalia revealed the inspiration for the lyrics, which were penned by the filmmaker himself.
The track is titled “Abandon,” and it features a line that is both an homage to Shyamalas life as a refugee and an invitation to those in need: “I am an orphan, a forgotten orphan.”
The movie, which has been described as “the most ambitious movie of the year,” is scheduled for release in early 2018.
The movie has been in development for over a decade, and has a cast that includes Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ben Affleck.
Shyamalingas film, titled “The Shape of Water,” is also directed by M. Night Shymalan.
It has already earned over $400 million at the worldwide box office.