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M. Night Shyamalan's Latest Blight Idea

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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NEIGHBORHOOD BOTCH Fence

Director M. Night Shyamalan pulled off another surprise ending in a battle with his neighbors in the tony Williston Township suburb of Philly.

The secretive 36-year-old piqued residents' interest when he bought a 123-acre estate there two years ago for $17.9 million. Ever since, he's been hard at work creating a renovated manor house and formal gardens that mesh with the local country club aesthetic. No problem so far. But Shyamalan is also hell-bent on keeping out intruders—otherworldly or not—and has guaranteed his privacy with an eight-foot fence around the circumference of the estate.

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Trouble is, it's made of plastic (given the God-awful box office take on Lady in the Water, perhaps he's tightened the purse strings).

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