M. Evening Shyamalan’s ‘previous’ set photograph might comprise an uncommon clue
Director / writer M. Night Shyamalan shared an interesting photo from the set of Old. Shyamalan and his team shot his mysterious new film in the very sunny, tropical Dominican Republic and will, as announced on Twitter in October, be shot on 35mm. As we only reported in September, Shyamalan’s Old is likely based on the graphic novel Sand castlefollowing a group of beach goers found in a mysterious bay where they age quickly and begin to die. The cast of Old includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Eliza scanlen, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Abbey Lee, Alex Wolff, Niki Amuka bird, Vicky Krieps.
While all of Shyamalan’s updates offer a fascinating window into this production, his contribution from the old set on Saturday was arguably the most attention-grabbing ever. He provided his Twitter photo with a short update on the production: “Two more days of shooting on @oldthemovie. Most of the cast has wrapped up. I’m excited [sic] and grateful. 19 shots until filming is complete. “
The director / writer’s photo shows a water-based set with multiple rigs in the background. Shyamalan is wearing a wetsuit, but it’s hard to see who is in the photo besides the crew members. It’s all interesting, sure, but the eye is instantly drawn to something in the water just behind Shyamalan’s left shoulder. You have to zoom in to get a good look, but the shape of the white object is different from anything suitable for additional rigging. (If it’s rigging I’d love to know more about what it’s used for as I’ve never seen anything like it.) The structure appears to curve into a semi-circle and, thanks to the zoom, is bony. Well I think it looks bony. Is this structure part of ancient history? Could it be some creature terrorizing the A-list put together for this film? We need answers now, M. Night Shyamalan!
Alt is expected in theaters on July 23, 2021. Check out Shyamalan’s mesmerizing set photo below. Find out more about the new films in 2021.
Two more days of shooting on @oldthemovie Most of the actors are done. I am excited and grateful. 19 shots left before filming is completed. pic.twitter.com/RAmMf9alVL
– M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) November 14, 2020
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