Knock at the Cabin, an anxiously-awaited adaptation from M. Night Shyamalan that he's been teasing since last year, is finally close to its release. Find out everything you need to know about the upcoming film debut!
Knock At The Cabin — Another One-Man Show
Coming as the second, and final, movie in the partnership between Blinding Edge Pictures and Universal Pictures, Knock at the Cabin was first teased in October of 2021. M. Night Shyamalan posted a very short snippet on Twitter, which included the film’s title as well as some spooky knocking sounds.
Knock at the Cabin follows Old, which was released in 2021 as the first in the partnership. Just as Old was an adaption of a graphic novel, Shyamalan is continuing his tradition of transforming books into films with Knock at the Cabin. This one is based on a 2018 novel written by horror author Paul Tremblay called The Cabin at the End of the World, which earned its writer a Bram Stoker Award. The film will be first time Tremblay's work has been adapted into a screenplay, but Shyamalan definitely knows what he’s doing…
In 1999, The Sixth Sense earned its title as one of the most iconic movies of all times. Since then, fans had demanded more of Shyamalan’s style, which he, unfortunately, failed to provide. Until 2015’s The Visit, he couldn’t satisfy the public. Most of his works, though, have been a one-man show with the help of literary inspiration: for example, The Sixth Sense was inspired by The Silence of the Lambs and the Unbreakable franchise combined several references from old comics. Meanwhile, the rest were written, produced, and directed by Shyamalan himself. Knock at the Cabin will be no different, with Shyamalan in the driver's seat in all three roles once more.
M. Night Shyamalan's Book Inspiration
For Knock at the Cabin, it seems that Shyamalan has borrowed most of the original novel’s tropes. Naturally, fans can look to the Cabin at the End of the World synopsis to find out more about the story! "Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin in New Hampshire,” the blurb states. “A handful of miles from the Canadian border, far removed from the bustle of city life, cut off from the urgent hum of cell phones and from the internet, they are more than two miles away from their closest neighbors." But it's not all sunshine and grasshoppers for the family — the little girl ends up meeting a stranger in the backyard. At first, Leonard (played by Dave Bautista) is kind and friendly, but then something changes...
Leonard and Wen continue to talk and play until three more strangers (played by Rupert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Bird, and Abby Quinn) come down the road carrying strange, menacing objects. Afterward, as the trailer shows us, Wen starts to get uncomfortable and runs back into the house. After breaking into the house, the four intruders explain that the family has to make a very important choice or the world will end.
True fans know that Shyamalan is a fan of intertwining his stories with Biblical metaphors. Hence, it's easy to guess that the story could be related to the idea of the four horseman of the apocalypse. But viewers will have to wait to watch the movie to find out. Following one of the quickest turnovers for a script, the movie is due out on February 3, 2023. But those who can't wait can read Tremblay's original to find out what happens next!