M. Night Shyamalan wraps shooting for Apple TV+ series Servant and thriller film Old without a single case of COVID-19 on set: ‘We tested over 6,000 times between the two’
M. Night Shyamalan has had his hands full shooting season two of the psychological horror series Servant and the thriller film Old, amid the still raging COVID-19 pandemic.
And on Saturday the famed writer and director took to social media to share that it is possible to work productively and safely, while under the pressures of a Hollywood production, in this new post-coronavirus world.
‘I am so lucky to have started & wrapped @Servant & @oldthemovie during the pandemic with zero cases during production,’ he proudly wrote on Twitter.
Safety first: M. Night Shyamalan, 50, wrapped shooting for season two of his Apple TV+ series Servant and the upcoming thriller film Old without anyone contracting COVID-19
The Sixth Sense filmmaker, 50, went on to reveal the tall order the cast and crew faced in order to keep safe, even as the number of confirmed virus cases rose in many countries around the globe.
‘We tested over 6,000 times between the two. The cast & crew followed our extremely strict protocol,’ he gushed.
‘Thank you to all. Let’s keep everyone working & safe.’
Taking pride: The famed writer and director revealed that his cast and crew were tested over 6,000 times during production of the two projects without a single coronavirus case
On location: The famed writer and director shot Old in the Dominican Republic from late September through November 15; this marked the first time the Pennsylvania native has filmed entirely outside of the Philadelphia area
Shooting for Servant had been in full motion in Pennsylvania when Apple TV+ shut down production around the time the coronavirus crisis was deemed a pandemic in mid-March.
Shyamalan and his team had shot just over half of the new season. They were able to resume production six months later in September, where they finished the last four remaining episodes.
With no time to waste, Shyamalan had to bring his team to the Dominican Republic to begin principal photography for Old in late September, which lasted through November 15.
Keeping it local: Shyamalan revealed most of his crew for Old was Dominican
After being shut down in mid-March due to the pandemic, Shyamalan and his crew resumed shooting season two of Servant in Pennsylvania in September; Servant, starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, will start streaming on Apple TV+ on January 15, 2021
The Dominican Republic shoot marked the first time the horror and thriller storyteller has filmed entirely outside of the Philadelphia area.
So far, little is known about the storyline for Old, that features a stellar cast including Gael Garcia Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Rufus Sewell, Embeth Davidtz and Emun Elliott.
It was initially set to premiere on February 26, but with the delay due to the pandemic it’s now slated to debut on July 23, 2021.
The second season of Servant, starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, will start streaming on Apple TV+ on January 15, 2021.
Coming: The thriller film Old is now slated to premiere on July 23, 2021
Making his mark: The horror and thriller storyteller is best known for such films as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and Glass (2019)