Old (film)

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Old film poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byM. Night Shyamalan
Produced by
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Ashwin Rajan
  • Marc Bienstock
Screenplay byM. Night Shyamalan
Based on
CinematographyMike Gioulakis
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 23, 2021 (2021-07-23)
CountryUnited States

Old is an upcoming American thriller film written, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Ken Leung, Embeth Davidtz, and Rufus Sewell. It was shot on traditional 35 mm movie film instead of digital.[1]

The film is scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021 by Universal Pictures.



It was announced in October 2019 that M. Night Shyamalan was partnering with Universal Studios to release two new thriller films which Shyamalan would write, produce and direct.[2]

In May 2020, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff and Vicky Krieps entered negotiations to join the cast.[3] Their castings would be confirmed the next month, along with Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Ken Leung added to the cast.[4] Gael García Bernal would join in July.[5] In August 2020, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz and Emun Elliott joined the cast of the film.[6] In December 2020, Nolan River joined the cast of the film.[7]


Principal photography officially began on September 26, 2020, in the Dominican Republic along with the announcement of the film's title.[8] This marks the first time Shyamalan has filmed entirely outside of Philadelphia. Production concluded on November 15, 2020.[9]


The film is scheduled to be released on July 23, 2021.[10] It was initially set to release on February 26 that same year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/MNightShyamalan/status/1317557658115854338
  2. ^ M. Night Shyamalan Has Two More Thrillers In Works At Universal
  3. ^ M. Night Shyamalan Untitled Universal Movie Sets Cast With Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie & More
  4. ^ M. Night Shyamalan Sets Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird & Ken Leung For Universal Thriller
  5. ^ Gael García Bernal Joins M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Film
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 20, 2020). "Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz And Emun Elliot Round Cast of M. Night Shyamalan's Next Film". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (December 18, 2020). "Cory Hardrict To Star In 'Karen' Drama; Mauricio Hena Joins 'Panama'; Nolan River Cast In 'Old' – Film Casting Briefs". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Sneider, Jeff (September 26, 2020). "Exclusive: M. Night Shyamalan's 'Old' Is Inspired by Graphic Novel 'Sandcastle'". Collider. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Night Shyamalan, M (November 15, 2020). "Wrapped production on @oldthemovie It was an incredible experience. Beyond grateful to the people of the Dominican Republic who were so caring & welcoming. It is one of the most beautiful countries filled with the sweetest people. Thinking of you as I head back to Philly". Twitter. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Universal Sets M. Night Shyamalan's Next Movie for July 2021
  11. ^ McClintock, Pamela (April 7, 2020). "Universal Bumps 'Nobody' to Winter, Delays M. Night Shyamalan's Untitled Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 7, 2020.

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