In a recent twitter post, M. Night Shyamalan revealed the title and a poster or his next theatrical endeavor:
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) September 26, 2020
Nothing like an hourglass filled with falling bodies to portend a theme. In Old, Shyamalan pulls the skeleton of its story from the graphic novel Sandcastle by authors Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters. Received as a gift, the story hit a note which inspired Shyamalan to write a script and eventually obtain the rights. With the red tape out of the way and studio deal already locked up, he was able to begin shooting the film just a few days ago.
Sandcastle follows a group of thirteen strangers on a peaceful yet mysterious beach. An unknown body is found floating in the lake, and because that isn’t concerning enough, everyone begins to age every half-hour for no discernable reason. Add in the fact there seems to be no escape leaves this baker’s dozen group in a tight spot that likely leaves enough room for a couple of Shyamalan twists. It’s been noted that Old won’t be directly faithful to the source material, but the ideas surrounding Sandcastle fall right into his artistic wheelhouse as he aims for a 2021 release.