M. Night Shyamalan wanted to shoot his new movie with the cast he had formed … at all costs. And so it has been: ‘Old’ was recorded in the Dominican Republic between the end of September and mid-November, in the middle of the hurricane season and in the midst of a global pandemic. It went well, but miraculously.
“It was very precarious to make the Old movie at the time, and I decided to do it because I didn’t want to lose any of the cast, so I took a risk,” Shyamalan told Entertainment Weekly. “It was risky to shoot at the time because it was hurricane season in the Caribbean. In fact, our sets were destroyed by a hurricane, and we built them all over again. We were very lucky that that second time they were still standing.”
Luckily, it doesn’t appear that anyone has been injured or that the difficulties of filming have affected the final product too much. ‘Old’ plans to hit theaters on July 23 with Shyamalan’s dream cast: Gael García Bernal, Thomasin Mckenzie, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, and Kathleen Chalfant.
In the Super Bowl a few days ago we saw the first images, a teaser that advances the interesting premise: a group of people arrive at a beach where time passes faster than normal. Much faster: people age several years in a matter of hours.
After the ill-fated ‘Airbender, the last warrior’, it is Shyamalan’s second film that does not start from an original idea (hopefully this time it turns out better). “Old” is based on the graphic novel “Sand Castle” by Frederik Peeters and Pierre Oscar Levy, which the director received as a gift from his daughters.
“I read it and the premise was so powerful, about some people who go to a beach and the experience that happens to them that day on the beach … I found it very terrifying and emotional, and the ideas just started to emerge,” says Shyamalan . “It is something precious, and very exciting, that this story about growing old very, very fast came from my daughters.”