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‘Servant’: M. Night Shyamalan on Crafting an “Urban Nightmare” for Apple TV+ (The Hollywood Reporter)

Executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan and Rupert Grint in ‘Servant.’

“Thirty hours. If M. Night Shyamalan’s ambitions are met, that’s the approximate length of time one will spend inside the Philadelphia brownstone owned by Dorothy and Sean Turner, Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell’s tragedy-stricken characters at the heart of Apple TV+ thriller Servant.” – Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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WHY THIS MATTERS:

Shyamalan has plans to turn his 10-episode Servant into 60 30-minute episodes. “It’s a half-hour thriller. Immediately, I think that puts it in an unusual category of storytelling, which interests me,” says Shyamalan. “You don’t feel any fat [with a 30 run time]. You don’t feel the need as a storyteller to vamp in anyway. It’s essentially all set in one location — again, very unusual. There’s a sense of containment as to what’s outside the building. That, coupled with the 30-minute format, makes it a very specific, play-like, tense and suspenseful story.”

 

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