M. Night Shyamalan’s new film starts production.
It’s been over a year and a half since M. Night Shyamalan closed off his Unbreakable trilogy with Glass. As we have known for some time, the filmmaker has two more movies underway. Originally slated for early next year, his next film moved to July 23, 2021. However, we knew next to nothing about what the movie would actually entail. Luckily, this new film has recently hit production, and with it some prime details.
Shyamalan’s latest movie is called Old, and it’s inspired by a graphic novel called Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The story in question follows 13 people stuck on a beach, where they are undergoing rapid aging. Here’s the official synopsis of the graphic novel, if you’re curious.
“By a tidal pool near a small beach on France’s Mediterranean coast, a North African–looking man glimpses a young woman stripping to swim. Later, but still early in the morning, three families intent on sunbathing and picnicking encounter the man, then find the girl’s corpse in the pool. One paterfamilias, a racist, xenophobic physician, angrily accuses the North African of murder and calls the cops. While awaiting the police, the doctor’s mother dies.
“The young children of two of the families start growing, the little ones right out of their swimsuits and the preteens into puberty. The adults are changing, too. Attempts to leave the area prove futile, and further calls don’t go through. At the rate they’re aging, they’ll all be dead by tomorrow morning. Peeters’ accomplished European realist comics style and Lévy’s utterly natural dialogue suit to a tee this maximally eerie, unsettlingly plein air exercise that Kafkaesquely defies all explanation.”
Based on that synopsis alone, it’s clear why Shyamalan opted for this one. It feels very much like a closed-door horror and is the perfect fit for the filmmaker. Shyamalan apparently noticed this too and bought the rights to the story after receiving the graphic novel as a Father’s Day gift.
With the film now in front of cameras, Shyamalan released the first set photo and poster, which you can see below.
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) September 26, 2020
Old stars Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz, and Emun Elliott.
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