The Watchers: Ishana Night Shyamalan directing thriller for New Line Cinema

Ishana Night Shyamalan, a daughter of M. Night Shyamalan, is set to make her feature directorial debut with the thriller The Watchers

M. Night Shyamalan’s daughter Ishana Night Shyamalan has been an important part of the creative team behind his Apple TV+ series Servant, writing six episodes, directing five episodes, and serving as a co-producer and producer on the show. Now that Servant is wrapping up its four season run, Shyamalan is set to move on to the next stage of her career. Deadline reports that she will be making her feature directorial debut with a thriller called The Watchers. New Line Cinema has come out the winner in a competitive bidding situation over the chance to bring The Watchers out into the world, and they’re putting the project on the fast track. Filming is expected to begin later this year, and a June 7, 2024 theatrical release has already been scheduled.

The younger Shyamalan has written the screenplay for The Watchers, based on a novel by A.M. Shine (pick up a copy HERE). The story follows Mina, a 28-year old artist who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers that are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

New Line Cinema’s Richard Brener provided the following statement: “We couldn’t be more excited to make Ishana’s first film with The Watchers. Equal parts visual, immersive, and terrifying, the script grips you from the first page and never lets go.

M. Night Shyamalan and Ashwin Rajan are producing The Watchers for Blinding Edge Pictures. Nimitt Mankad of Inimitable Pictures is also producing. Jo Homewood serves as executive producer.

Speaking about his daughter’s work on Servant last year, M. Night Shyamalan told Entertainment Weekly, “She has slightly more of a fantasy bend than I do. She speaks in bolder colors than I do. The camera is more canted or more grotesque in showing someone scarier. The disadvantage of being an accomplished artist is that your experience starts working against you. I see less options, because I’ve done so many things. She doesn’t see that; for her, everything is possible. There are advantages and disadvantages to the levels of experience that we each have.” 

In addition to her work on Servant, Ishana Night Shyamalan has also worked as second unit director on her father’s movies Old and Knock at the Cabin, and she has directed four music videos for her sister Saleka. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was still attending the school when she started working on Servant.

How does The Watchers sound to you? Are you glad to hear there’s going to be a new generation of Shyamalan films? Share your thoughts on this news by leaving a comment below.

The Watchers A.M. Shine

Source: Deadline

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