Production on M Night Shyamalan's mystery thriller Trap is set to commence in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA this month.
The project comes after Warner Bros Pictures Group's co-chairs CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy signed a multi-year first-look directing and producing agreement with the director in February this year.
Per Deadline's initial report, the new agreement will see Shyamalan and his Philadelphia-based outfit Blinding Edge Pictures develop original projects for the filmmaker to produce and/or direct for WBPG production divisions Warner Bros Pictures and New Line Cinema.
First in the production pipeline is Trap which is slated for theatrical release on August 2, 2024. Filming is expected to start this August in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Also in the pipeline is The Watchers which marks the directorial debut of his daughter Ishana Night and is scheduled to start production later this year for a summer 2024 release.
“Where I write and direct is my home,” Shyamalan said in a statement announcing the new deal in February.
“Disney and Universal, where I’ve made most of my films, will always be home and family to me. Warner Bros. has a storied history of cinema. Through its recent experiences, the company has rediscovered its love and appreciation for filmmakers, and the impact of the theatrical experience. We all win when movies succeed in theatres. I believe David Zaslav, Michael De Luca, and Pam Abdy have dedicated themselves to unique filmmakers, and to filling theatres all around the world for years to come.”
“Night is one of the most iconic and influential directors of his generation and an auteur in every sense of the word,” added De Luca and Abdy in a statement. “From ‘The Sixth Sense’ through ‘Split’ to his latest chiller ‘Knock at the Cabin,’ he’s one of the few directors in contemporary cinema whose name alone promises a bold, singular vision, compelling original storytelling and a provocative, surprising and entirely unique experience at the theatre. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him to the Warner Bros. family, and look forward to an exciting collaboration with Night and the entire Blinding Edge team.”