This Friday, M. Night Shyamalan is set to take audiences on a vacation from hell with Old, his adaptation of the graphic novel Sandcastle, written by Pierre-Oscar Lévy and Frederick Peeters. The story revolves around a mysterious beach where those trapped on its shores are aging rapidly, and they have to quickly find a way to escape before the accelerated time frame of their predicament can claim their lives. 

Old stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Ken Leung, and Nikki Amuka-Bird and is being released in theaters courtesy of Universal Pictures.

During the recent press day for Old, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Shyamalan about his latest cinematic endeavor. During our interview, Night discussed how his kids had given him a copy of Sandcastle for Father’s Day two years ago and that he immediately wanted to adapt it because he saw the cinematic potential in the story from the get-go. Shyamalan also talked about how he and the cast and crew of Old were highly affected by the emotional turmoil of the pandemic and how that hung over them during production on the project, and how the contained nature of this story really felt like a stage play and that his approach to this story required a specific sense of choreography while shooting.

Check out our video interview with M. Night Shyamalan below and look for more on Old all this week, right here on Daily Dead

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    After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

    Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.