Director M. Night Shyamalan talks about his new supernatural thriller “Old”
Shot in the Dominican Republic during the pandemic, this is Shyamalan’s first film about his beloved Philadelphia.
It is loosely based on the graphic novel “Sandcastle”, but also draws from its own fears that time will pass too quickly.
Here’s the principle: an island getaway takes vacationers to a secluded, supernatural beach that makes them age quickly, shrinking their entire lives into a single day. He plays on our fears of aging.
“It’s a version of the fear of dying, isn’t it?” Shyamalan said. “So if I’m doing a ghost movie, I’m still talking about the fear of dying.”
There are touches of Philadelphia strewn throughout the film, this is the first time Shyamalan has taken on a project away from home.
“While we were filming this, we were simultaneously filming the ‘Servant’ TV show in Philly,” he says. “So I had a crew in Philly, then a crew in the Dominican Republic. I did it intentionally to try to think differently and feel different things.”
They turned during this pandemic, where time took on a new meaning.
“It’s really about watching my kids and they’re getting old and my parents who are so frail,” he said. “I worry about them every day now. It’s like, my God, I can’t stop it.”
Also, he didn’t really want to scare us about the holidays, something we missed during the closings.
“Sorry about that,” Shyamalan laughs. “Go on vacation. It probably won’t happen. Most likely, nothing will happen.”
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