Recently released behind-the-scenes photos show M. Night Shyamalan in the Dominican Republic on the set of Universal’s new supernatural thriller, Old
New behind-the-scenes photos show director M. Night Shyamalan on the set of his upcoming thriller Old. Shyamalan is known for his twisted endings both good and absurd, a theme that began with the director’s film, The sixth Sense. The film’s ending is widely regarded as one of the best narrative twists in film history and has earned the director a reputation for them ever since. The director’s more recent films have seen him employ more classic twists in what some have referred to as a return to form, perhaps most notably the reveal in his 2016 film. Pull apart which revealed that it was taking place within the same universe as his 2000 film Unbreakable.
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Shyamalan’s next movie Old is an adaptation of the graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters Sandcastle. Old Follow a family that discovers a secluded beach while on vacation, only to find that it is somehow causing them to age rapidly, thereby reducing their entire life to a single day. The film has a cast that includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, and Rufus Sewell. Filming began in September 2020 and was expected to be released in February 2021, but was delayed until July due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before the movie’s release later this month, Universal have posted behind-the-scenes photos of Shyamalan working on Old. In the photos, Shyamalan can be seen offering direction to Gael García Bernal before a scene, as well as supervising filming within Covid-19 restrictions. The photos are remarkable as they show the director on set in the Dominican Republic where Old it was shot. It’s the first time Shyamalan has directed a movie entirely outside of Philadelphia, where the director was raised. You can see the full photos below:
From the looks of the photos, Shyamalan seems to be putting a lot of skill and care into his new movie. Old It represents the first of a two-film deal that Shyamalan signed with Universal to write, direct and produce, which were agreed to be thrillers. Many fans hope that Shyamalan can regain the glory of his previous work through Old, and these images offer some hope that it may be successful. As such, fans of the director’s darker work can rest assured that more are coming – his next thriller is likely to be the one heralded. Labour of love, although very little else is known about that project.
While filming for Old concluded last year, and even though its release is just around the corner, Shyamalan has stated that he is still deciding what the twist of Old will be. The director has said that he wants the film to end on a lower note which is understandable. However, considering that the source material itself ends on a definite note, Shyamalan will likely need to act carefully not to alienate fans of Peeters and Levy’s original work. That said, if anyone can conjure up a strong left-field twist it’s Shyamalan, whose early work is generally considered the best, in part because of his recontextualizing twists. Those curious of what this will be will not have to wait long when Old July 23 arrives.
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- Old (2021)Release date: July 23, 2021
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