Sandcastle The Graphic Novel That’s Inspired M. Night Shyamalan‘s Old

With cinemas slowly re-opening in many parts of the UK, many cinephiles will be looking at what they can see in the coming months. One of those films  we’ll be looking at to watch is M. Night Shyamalan‘s mysterious thriller Old.

We were introduced to the film when Universal Pictures released a TV Spot back in February at the Superbowl. We’ve heard very little about it since that trailer (watch it here), hopefully we’ll be hearing more about it soon.

Starring Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Embeth Davidtz, Eliza Scanlen, Emun Elliott, Kathleen Chalfant and Thomasin McKenzie, the film is expected to be released this July (US), August (UK).

When it comes to many films these days, many of the big blockbusters come from the pages of Marvel and DC Comics. With the popularity in adapting comics/graphic novels into films many film studios are looking towards the independent comics and graphic novels for inspiration.

SelfMadeHero, one of the UK’s leading independent graphic novel publisher, have revealed that Sandcastle is the inspiration for a major new feature film, Old, which is directed and produced by visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. He said: Sandcastle truly inspired my film Old. It is a profound mystery sci-fi graphic novel that is illustrated so beautifully and with such humanity. Its theme of ageing had me thinking about my parents and children, and how quickly it all goes by. From the moment I read this, I was changed.”

The graphic novel is a fantastical mystery written by award-winning French writer and filmmaker Pierre Oscar Lévy and illustrated by award-winning Swiss comic book artist Frederik Peeters. On a perfect summer’s day, people head to an idyllic, secluded beach, sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia holds a dark secret: everyone present begins to age rapidly… and there doesn’t seem to be any way for them to leave.

Here’s the book’s synopsis:
Early morning on a perfect summer’s day, people begin to descend on an idyllic, secluded beach. Among their number, a family, a young couple, a refugee and some American tourists. Its fine white sand is fringed with rock pools filled with crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia keeps a dark secret.

A woman’s body is found floating in the waters, which brings these thirteen strangers together to try and unravel the riddle of the sands and escape the beach alive in this tense, fantastical mystery.

SelfMadeHero first bought the English-language rights for Sandcastle from French-Swiss publishers Atrabile in 2011, releasing it in the UK in 2011 and in the US in 2013. SelfMadeHero have reprinted Sandcastle in 2021 with a new introduction by Pierre Oscar Lévy. https://www.selfmadehero.com/books/sandcastle