For the first time in his entire career, director M. Night Shyamalan did not film any scenes for his latest project, ‘Old Men’, in Pennsylvania, United States. However, he did not hesitate to wink in reference to the city where he was born.
After a year and a half with a shortage of titles related to the horror and suspense genre on the billboard, a couple of weeks ago Viejos finally premiered, M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent film and whose reception left much to be desired among critics and his followers. Nevertheless, this film marked a very important watershed in the career of the director of The sixth Sense and Fragmented because for the first time he did not film any scenes in his hometown Philadelphia.
As we all already know that most Marvel movies or series usually have post-credit scenes and maybe we can expect an important cameo, It is well known that Shyamalan always shoots at least one scene in Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania, United States.
Although Old has been the exception, the director He managed to include this very important place in his life by including in the script the dialogue in which Guy (Gael García) and Prisca (Vicky Krieps) mention that they and their two children come from Philadelphia when they arrive at the paradise resort.
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The production of the film spent months trying to find the perfect location to give life to the private beach where time passes much faster, causing the people who visit it to age extremely prematurely. The Dominican Republic and its paradisiacal beaches with crystal clear waters, specifically the Samaná Peninsula, were the destination that had the honor of giving life to this sinister island.
M. Night Shyamalan and his crew faced endless challenges during filming. First everything was done while the world was sheltered due to the COVID-19 pandemic And that made the filming processes slower because they had to follow all the security measures for both the cast and the production.
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And if that weren’t enough, too they faced the hurricane season in the caribbean, so they had to watch the tides, the water level and the change of light. Even in a behind-the-scenes video shared by the director on his social media, he commented that they built a giant wall, which was severely damaged by a hurricane. For this reason, the actors had to film the first part of the script in the morning and the other half at night.
On the other hand, a luxury hotel was also used in Dominican Republic to film the scenes of the family formed by Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Thomasin McKenzie and Alex Wolff arriving at their vacation destination: Anamika Resort. The Caribbean beach and hotel served as substitutes for the island off the coast of France where the entire plot of the film takes place.
In this way Shyamalan’s vision came to life in Old, a film inspired by the graphic novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. If you haven’t seen it yet, the film is still available in various theaters across the country.
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‘Old Men’: Why didn’t M. Night Shyamalan shoot the movie in his hometown? – Movie news