First trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Old movie drops during Super Bowl LV

With couple of theatrical smash hits on the horizon, business breaks throughout Super Bowl LV were naturally light on motion picture trailer premieres. But one major voice came through: The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan, whose new film Old debuted its first footage at the big game.

Starring Gael García Beral (Mozart in the Jungle) and Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), the film is reportedly based on Sandcastle, a graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy. That story focuses on a family’s trip to an idyllic beach, and the dark secrets they discover behind its corners. It’s unclear how faithfully Shyamalan’s motion picture adapts the Levy story, but in the trailer, we get the beach, the family, and true to the director’s horror-thriller roots, a supernatural turn of events.

Old is among a wave of new films shot under strict set guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Shyamalan, his cast, and his crew began production in the Dominican Republic in October 2020, a first for the director, who traditionally shoots around his home in Philadelphia. And while the precautions of bubbling and on-set distancing turned the set into a mini lockdown, the director kept his family close; Shyamalan’s 21-year-old daughter Ishana Night Shyamalan served as the second-unit director on the film (and later jumped into the director’s chair for the second season of M. Night’s Apple TV Plus series Servant).

What twist does Old have up its sleeve? We’ll know when the motion picture arrives to motion picture theaters (in theory) on July 23.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.