M. Night Shyamalan’s Newest Thriller Film Old Wraps Filming
Oscar-nominated filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan took to Twitter to reveal that production on his newest thriller film titled Old has finally wrapped in Dominican Republic. It was previously reported that the project will be a film adaptation of Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters’ graphic novel Sandcastle. The film is still set for a July 23, 2021 release.
Wrapped production on @oldthemovie It was an incredible experience. Beyond grateful to the people of the Dominican Republic who were so caring & welcoming. It is one of the most beautiful countries filled with the sweetest people. Thinking of you as I head back to Philly. pic.twitter.com/56fxKcNb4E
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) November 16, 2020
Old will be based on Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters’ acclaimed graphic novel Sandcastle, which centers on a group of people who find they are unable to escape a mysterious, secluded beach as a dark secret surrounding time keeps them there after discovering a dead body. Shyamalan reportedly received the novel as a Father’s Day gift and quickly swept up the rights to it after falling in love with the story concept.
The ensemble cast for the film includes Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Thomasin McKenzie (True History of the Kelly Gang), Aaron Pierce (Krypton), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Tower), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Avenue 5, Gold Digger, Jupiter Ascending), Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) and Ken Leung (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Inhumans, The Blacklist).
Old is written, directed, and produced by two-time Oscar nominee Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable).
Shyamalan’s high-concept content has consistently captured the attention of audiences around the world for nearly two decades, having amassed more than $3.3 billion worldwide. His most recent Universal project, Glass, the culmination of his Eastrail 177 Trilogy, garnered nearly $250 million worldwide and opened No. 1 at the box office, remaining in the top spot for three weeks. Split, the second film in the epic series, also debuted at No. 1 and remained there for three weeks in a row during its 2017 release, while 2015’s The Visit brought in close to $100 million at the worldwide box office and was one of the highest-grossing horror films of the year. Having independently financed the three films with a combined production budget of $35 million, Glass, Split and The Visit went on to cumulatively gross more than $600 million worldwide. He will similarly finance his next two films.