It took about three months, under strict COVID-19 protocols in the Dominican Republic, but M. Night Shyamalan was able to complete his latest feature film, Old.
And on Monday, the famed writer and director made the world premiere of the supernatural thriller a family affair by having his wife and three daughters by his side.
The debut event was held at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York City, followed by an after party in the venue’s Appel Room.
Family Affair: M. Night Shyamalan and wife Bhavna Vaswani shared the spotlight at the world premiere of writer and director’s new film Old with their three daughters Shivani Shyamalan, Saleka Shyamalan and Ishani Shyamalan
The Pennsylvania native, via Mahé, India, looked neat in a champagne-colored suit with a white shirt, colorful tie and black shoes.
His wife, whom he started dating more than 31 years ago, looked elegant in a black and white patterned skirt and a sheer black bustier.
Vaswani rounded out her ensemble with black open-toed heels and her raven-colored locks that were long and flowing to about the middle of her back and a mid-section.
Shyamalan, 50, looked smart in a champagne-colored suit, white shirt, colorful tie and black shoes as he posed with wife Bhavna Vaswani
Edgy Elegance: Vaswani looked elegant in a black and white patterned skirt that was paired with a sheer black bustier
The daughter of the couple Saleka Shyamalan, known professionally as Saleka, looked like the prom beauty in her elegant dress for its premiere
Teaser: The Shyamalan’s daughter, Ishana Shyamalan, gave more than a hint of her plunging neckline and left leg in her black patterned dress
The premise of Old Centers is that a family goes on a tropical vacation and discovers that the secluded beach where they relax for a few hours somehow makes them age quickly, reducing their entire lives in one day.
The film has a great 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, Kathleen Chalfant and Emun Elliott.
Shyamalan had to get his team to the Dominican Republic to begin shooting for Old in late September, which lasted until November 15.
Severe Conditions: Shyamalan shot Old in the Dominican Republic from September to mid-November amid a surge in COVID-19 cases around the world; the couple made sure they hit some poses together
Proud Dad: Pennsylvania native, via India, also snuggled up with daughter Ishana
Proud stat: Shyamalan went on to reveal that his Old and Servant cast and crew have been following extremely strict protocol for the past few months and have been tested 6,000 times with a confirmed case of COVID-19 on the two sets
After that, the famed writer and director announced that he and his team were able to shoot the film and season two of his psychological horror series, Servant, in the preceding months with no new cases of COVID-19.
He went on to reveal that his cast and crew followed an extremely strict protocol and were tested 6,000 times between the two projects. And that was at a time when the number of confirmed virus cases was increasing in many countries around the world.
Initially, Old was supposed to premiere on February 26, but with the delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was postponed to July 23.
Shyamalan is best known for his films The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and After Earth (2013).
More parties: Shyamalan and Vaswani also attended an after party for Old
Making the rounds: Sixth Sense director and writer also chatted with film score composer Trevor Gureckis
The Team: Shyamalan also posed with some of the cast and crew, including Luca Faustino Rodriguez, Aaron Pierce, Kylie Begley, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Kailen Jude, Alex Wolff, Nolan River, Alexa Swinton, Mikaya Kenzie Fisher and Nikki Amuka-Bird
Making his mark: The famous writer and director is best known for films such as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable 92000), Signs (2002) and After Earth (2013)