To celebrate the release of Old, the new film from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, we sat down with the filmmaker and his young cast to find out some of the secrets of the new horror film.
Taking place on a remote island, Old tells the story of a family – played by Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie, and Alex Wolff – seeking tranquility and peace from their everyday lives. Invited to head to a secluded part of the island, they soon realise that not everything is what it seems in this seemingly tropical paradise.
Loosely adapted from the graphic novel Sandcastle, created by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters, Shyamalan brings his own unique voice and storytelling to the text, crafting an uneasy, unnerving, and physiologically rich story about the fears we all have about growing old and time running away from us. Shyamalan tells us about the process of adapting someone else’s work, the increasing difficulty of keeping his film’s secrets a secret, and whether he has taken a leaf out of Marvel’s book in terms of misleading marketing.
McKenzie and Wolff, fresh off successes with Jojo Rabbit and Hereditary respectively, told us about the thrill of working with the Split and The Sixth Sense creator and why he has become such a force, as the unique processes of playing their characters and how they came to be involved.
You can watch all the interviews below:
Old opens in UK cinemas on July 23rd.