With few theatrical blockbusters on the horizon, commercial breaks during Super Bowl LV were understandably light on movie trailer premieres. But one major voice came through: The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film Old debuted its first footage at the big game.
Starring Gael García Beral (Mozart in the Jungle) and Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), the film is reportedly based on Sandcastle, a graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy. That story focuses on a family’s trip to an idyllic beach, and the dark secrets they discover behind its corners. It’s unclear how faithfully Shyamalan’s movie adapts the Levy story, but in the trailer, we get the beach, the family, and true to the director’s horror-thriller roots, a supernatural turn of events.
Old is among a wave of new films shot under strict set guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shyamalan, his cast, and his crew began production in the Dominican Republic in October 2020, a first for the director, who traditionally shoots around his home in Philadelphia. And while the precautions of bubbling and on-set distancing turned the set into a mini lockdown, the director kept his family close; Shyamalan’s 21-year-old daughter Ishana Night Shyamalan served as the second-unit director on the film (and later jumped into the director’s chair for the second season of M. Night’s Apple TV Plus series Servant).
What twist does Old have up its sleeve? We’ll know when the movie arrives to movie theaters (in theory) on July 23.