M. Night Shyamalan has another scary story up his sleeve. The Indian American filmmaker has confirmed recently on Twitter that he’s in production on his follow-up to 2019’s Glass, writing: “Feels like a miracle that I am standing here shooting the first shot of my new film. It’s called Old.”
Save for some early artwork, Shyamalan is keeping mum on the details as he’s wont to do. However, media has found out that Old is inspired by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters’ 2010 terrifying graphic novel Sandcastle. The gist of the story involves 13 people who rapidly age on a remote beach.
“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 doctor, 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. At the rate they’re aging, they’ll all be dead by tomorrow morning … a plein air exercise that Kafkaesquely defies all explanation.”
Shyamalan reportedly received the graphic novel as a gift for Father’s Day, and scooped up the rights shortly after. Nevertheless, this is a choice story for the filmmaker, who tends to thrive when things stay relatively contained and minimal.
Old is expected to hit theaters on July 23, 2021. The case includes: Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Ken Leung