Fresh off the release early this year of Glass, the final film in his Unbreakable trilogy, director M. Night Shyamalan is back with an intriguing new series for Apple TV+. Servant might be best described as a psychological thriller with supernatural overtones, about young parents who hire a nanny to help care for their newborn infant. But the nanny—and the baby—aren’t quite what they seem to be.
It’s frankly a surprising move for Shyamalan, who typically avoids working in television. Sure, he directed the pilot episode of limited series Wayward Pines in 2015, but he has said he doesn’t like the tight shooting schedule required for TV. “The great thing about the format is it’s character-driven,” he told the audience at New York Comic-Con last month when the first teaser debuted. “But the amount of content you have to deliver for the amount of time and resources, the math just doesn’t work—which is why we can count on two hands every show that has gone from beginning to end with the same quality.”
Series creator Tony Basgallop convinced him otherwise. It helped that Servant‘s 10 episodes are a bingeable 30 minutes each and everything takes place in a single location (the grieving couple’s home), giving the series a “play-like quality,” according to Shyamalan. Like much of his work, the series is set in Philadelphia and was shot there, with Shyamalan doing the editing in his own home.
Source: Ars Technica – A young couple might regret its choice of nanny in creepy new Servant trailer