M. Night Shyamalan, along with cast and crew, attended the premiere of his film OLD on Monday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The film follows a family who begins to age rapidly while on vacation. (Trailer)
His family also joined him on the red carpet. OLD hits theaters this Friday, July 23.
Shyamalan’s daughters joined him in the business. He posted on Twitter pictures of his daughters with him on the sets of his films.
Telling a story with a family at her heart was especially personal for Shyamalan, who recently gave much thought to the passage of time in her own life as her parents and children grow up. For the first time on one of his feature films, the writer-director worked with his daughter Ishana Shyamalan, who was the director of the second unit for Old (she had previously written and directed episodes of her father’s series Servant).
“It’s funny, the movie is about seeing your kids grow up so fast, that’s the feeling I wanted to capture,” says the filmmaker. “In real life my kids have grown up now and they are amazing artists. Leaving the house to make a movie scared me – having Ishana there made me feel like I had never left the house. It gave me a lot of courage, just having him on one side of the beach shooting the second unit while I was shooting here. At the end of the day, we would go to dinner together. It was just the two of us sometimes. It kept me focused on the storytelling.
At the premiere, Shyamalan talks about his latest film and “the collective worldview” when watching a movie at the cinema.
Her daughter, also at the premiere, says that this particular film represents a certain time in her father’s life, especially raising her daughters and fatherhood and understanding how Shyamalan viewed the world at certain stages of her life.
Additionally, Shyamalan’s daughter Saleka Shyamalan, a classical pianist turned R&B artist who released her debut album this year, wrote a song for the film, first performed by Alexa Swinton as Maddox Capa and later. by Thomasin McKenzie. “The idea of seeing a little girl who ends up being this beautiful singer is our experience with our oldest daughter, Saleka,” M. Night Shyamalan said. “When she was a baby she was singing in the car, and we were like ‘Wow she’s not gonna be a singer’ because she was so bad! Today she is one of the most beautiful singers in the world. I can’t believe I actually said those words and that she grew up to be that thing.
“This feeling of [how] your own children amaze you, what they become, I wanted to feel it on the screen, ”continues Shyamalan. “I imitate a lot of emotions that have happened to me.