M. Night Shyamalan – heir apparent to master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock and director of such films as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village – has grabbed the spotlight yesterday and today with his announcement of the title of his upcoming movie along with a teaser image representing said flick.
Via that irascible and distinctly 21st century boogeyman known as social media, Shyamalan hammered, telegraphed, wrote and tweeted out to the world at large on Saturday the clarion call announcing that cameras had indeed begun to roll on his latest film: “Feels like a miracle that I am standing here shooting the first shot of my new film. It’s called Old,” the renowned auteur noted as he was photographed in the most distinct of 2020 accoutrements, the face mask, as a diligent film crew toiled directly behind him.
Not much is known about this upcoming Universal thriller save – per the teaser art image released yesterday – it’s release date, July 23, 2021. In typical Shyamalan fashion the director, who became famous for the Rod Serling-like twist endings to his films, has kept his Old cards very close to the vest. What we do know: Old is written and directed by Shyamalan and features actors Eliza Scanlen (The Devil All the Time, Little Women), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Lost Girls), Aaron Pierre (The A Word, Krypton) and Alex Wolff (My Friend Dahmer, Bad Education), among other talented actors. Old represents one film in a two film deal between Shyamalan and Universal in which the Oscar nominated screenwriter and director will write, direct and produce his particular brand of alchemy for the venerable studio. Old is based off of the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Levy and Frederik Peeters. It involves a seemingly unrelated group of strangers that all wind up on the same very secluded cove that holds a sinister secret. Critically lauded, Sandcastle has been compared to the Twilight Zone, a good fit one would think for Shayamalan’s sensibilities.
Cinematographer Mike Gioulakis will be teaming up again with Shayamalan – the two first worked together on the film Split, quickly followed by the sequel, Glass – and is a welcome addition not only for his earlier efforts with the celebrated director, but also as one of the more exciting DP’s to come out of Hollywood in some time. His work on 2014’s It Follows is considered a high-water mark in the horror genre and he harkens back to such masters of photography as Dean Cundey (Halloween).
Vents wishes the Old production a happy and healthy shoot and we look forward to seeing them in the cinema next summer!