After the success of his most recent film Old, which has brought in over $90 million at the worldwide box office, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has confirmed what his next project as a writer/director will be by releasing a new cryptic teaser video. In the video, shared on the filmmaker’s Twitter account, comes a sequence of knocks, followed by a release date, and that’s it. Distributor Universal photos added a hair more context, revealing that the movie will be titled Knock on the hut and confirming that it will hit theaters on February 3, 2023 (making the full release date 2/3/23).
Unfortunately, very little is known about the project beyond the above, and will likely remain so for some time to come. The writer/director has offered some updates about the project on his Twitter account, write earlier on August 30th that he had completed the most recent version of ‘the next’, and called it ‘Super tight. Less than 100 pages’. Shyamalan has been secretive and secretive about all of his movies for the past 20+ years of his career. Take, for example, the 2017 film Split, one of the most well-received of recent efforts, which was hailed for being a thriller all its own, even before audiences realized it was actually a secret sequel to his 2000 hit. unbreakable.
Knock on the cab. 2.3.23 https://t.co/llM7kv8w68
— Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) October 14, 2021
Divide, like his 2015 movie The visitors, 2019’s Glass, and his most recent film Old have all been “comeback” movies for Shyamalan in a way. Having achieved early success and subsequently found himself on the receiving end of brutal criticism and box office failures, Night had to scrape his way back and repay his dues in Hollywood. That said, he’s been very candid about how he’s making movies now..
“I love this approach from The visitors on where they are minimal, contained, I own them, we take big tonal risks and try to hit that note of absurd-but-grounded, that dark humor moment and deal with some complicated stuff and not necessarily get the audience where they’re’ be comfortable, both during and even at the end,” the filmmaker shared with Collider in 2019. “That’s all softened up because we’re working with a respectable number and I feel like I’m a good partner for my distributors. I like that because it allows me to iterate very quickly when creating these stories, so those movies follow that architecture of approach and process Even if it fools myself into being more dangerous it works because when I think of these three movies that I think of – all weird and dark – I think they’re a little bit with talk to each other.”
With about a year and a half between now and Shymalan’s Knock on the hut we may not know what it’s about until next year at this time.