After the success of Split and Glass, M. Night Shyamalan has managed to get his career back to a place where he is once again able to focus on his own high concept ideas. For his next project, however, it appears that he will be drawing inspiration from another source for the first time since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Shyamalan announced last week via Twitter that his new movie has just started production and it is called Old. As you can tell from the title, the premise has to do with aging and we are hearing that it will be loosely based on a French graphic novel called Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The plot synopsis of the graphic novel is as follows:
“It’s a perfect beach day, or so thought the family, young couple, a few tourists, and a refugee who all end up in the same secluded, idyllic cove filled with rock pools and sandy shore, encircled by green, densely vegetated cliffs.
But this utopia hides a dark secret.
First there is the dead body of a woman found floating in the crystal-clear water.
Then there is the odd fact that all the children are aging rapidly. Soon everybody is growing older every half hour and there doesn’t seem to be any way out of the cove.”
According to Collider, Shyamalan apparently received a copy of the graphic novel for Father’s Day and loved it so much that he bought the rights to it. The movie will not be a direct adaptation, however, with Shyamalan using it more as inspiration for an original script. Old stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz and Emun Elliott and it is scheduled to hit theatres on July 23rd, 2021. Are you looking forward to M. Night’s next movie?