M. Night Shyamalan revealed the teaser poster for his new nightmare Old the other day. And today we have word the mysterious film is inspired by the French graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters.
Collider exclusively revealed that Shyamalan received Sandcastle as a gift and loved it so much that he snagged the rights, which serve as his launching point.
Described as an existential horror story about the inevitability of death that plays like an episode of The Twilight Zone or Lost, Sandcastle follows 13 people unable to leave a mysterious, secluded beach that hides a dark secret involving time.
Here’s the rundown via Amazon:
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. Levy’s dramatic storytelling works seamlessly with Peeters’s sinister art to create a profoundly disturbing and fantastical mystery.
Buy the graphic novel HERE.
Meanwhile, Old begins when a group of people find a dead body on a beach and slowly realize there is something unnatural happening on that beach. Moo-Haha.
Production is underway with a cast including 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.
Shyamalan produces with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock. Steven Schneider serves as an executive producer. Universal will unleash Old on July 23, 2021.