Knock at the Cabin: Shyamalan's mysterious film will be a fantasy horror thriller

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After Old, Mr. Night Shyamalan's new film, Knock at the Cabin, is an adaptation of a horror novel that the director is passionate about.

The very controversial Mr. Night Shyamalan has not finished talking about him, well helped by his decidedly atypical career. After his first films at the top, the filmmaker gently divided opinion until he almost disappeared in a crossing of the desert from which few would have returned. But he came back! So much the better or too bad, it was with the backing of Split and Glass that Shyamalan found himself a place. Now it bombards event thrillers that divide again: the desolate Old, for our part, had left us out.

Mr. Night Shyamalan revealed last year the title of his new feature film: Knock at the Cabin. In star actor, Dave Bautista, with whom he absolutely wanted to work. Since little information on this mysterious project had been revealed, even if filming ended last month. However, the writer Paul Tremblay has just announced that the film will actually be an adaptation of one of his most popular books.

In an interview with CNBC, Paul Tremblay explained that his horror novel, The Cabin at the End of the World, had been of interest to Hollywood producers for a long time. The book is a home invasion story oscillating between thriller and fantasy. His mysterious pitch seems to have particularly caught Shyamalan's eye. In 2017, an adaptation started secretly.

After a withdrawal from the first director, Shyamalan immediately got behind the camera, even though he was already a producer until then. Paul Tremblay was (a priori) very happy with the choice of the filmmaker to adapt his work:

“When it became clear that not only was Night attached to the project, but that the film was going into pre-production, I quickly stopped being suspicious and became very optimistic and excited about the film.”

To be a little more precise, Paul Tremblay's book tells a story between paranoia, horror and apocalypse, of which here is the synopsis of the American edition:

“Seven-year-old Wen and his parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing in a secluded cabin by a peaceful New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are over two miles on either side of the rutted dirt road. One afternoon, while Wen is catching grasshoppers in the yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the tallest man Wen has ever seen, but he's young, friendly, and wins him over almost instantly.

Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “Nothing that's going to happen is your fault.” Three other strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable and threatening objects. As Wen rushes inside to warn his parents, Leonard yells, “Your fathers won't let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.” So begins an unbearably tense and gripping story of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse and survivalwhich escalates into a shattering conclusion, in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are intertwined. »

The writer however, clarified that significant changes are to be expected in its story and that even readers of the book will be surprised by the film as a result. For his part, Shyamalan had said earlier that he never wrote a script as quickly as for Knock at the Cabin (is that supposed to be a good sign? ?). This isn't the first time the director has tried to bring someone else's story to the movies since Old already had the Castle of Sand comic as source material. strong>.

Knock at the Cabin is set to hit theaters on February 1, 2023 and count in cast auditions such as Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter) or Nikki Amuka-Bird (Old).

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