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Interview: M. Night Shyamalan Tells Us What Scares Him, Talks Servant Season 2 and More

Ever since his breakout blockbuster film, the Academy-Award nominated thriller The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan has made a career of entertaining and creeping out audiences. No matter the subject matter, be it a small isolated countryside village, a boy who sees dead people, or an unconventional superhero trilogy, (Unbreakable, Split, and Glass) he always finds a way to make the hairs on our necks stand up.

But what scares Shyamalan, the master of the twist ending? We asked the executive producer of AppleTV+’s Servant and his answer may surprise you. The new season of his acclaimed series touches upon many of our fears. It is about to premiere this week and it promises to provide more chills and mania than last season. (Be sure to check out our interview with the cast, Lauren AmbroseRupert GrintToby KebbellNell Tiger Free).

During production, Shyamalan tweeted about how working on the series has made improved his storytelling. Not something you would expect to heard from an experienced filmmaker. We asked him about it what he meant.

“I’m starting to think about storytelling in terms of sequences. Large sequences. The format of our show, which is really unusual 30-minute thrillers… I’ve been thinking more and more about the writing of them as one movement. I’ve been telling the writers. As you know, this is what the episodes about this is the movement of it.”

His storytelling skills are going to be put to good use as AppleTV+ has renewed Servant for its third season ahead of the season two premiere. That means that we are only one season away from completing the 40-episode arc Shyamalan and show creator/writer, Tony Basgallop, had envisioned. 

In preparation for the new season, learn about the pride Shyamalan takes in his daughter following in his directing footsteps, and what scares the man who has creeped out so many in our full video interview below.

Season two of SERVANT streams exclusively on AppleTV+ starting January 15th.


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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