M. Night Shyamalan‘s (Glass, Unbreakable) upcoming project with Apple TV+ was first announced before there was an Apple TV+ – back in February 2018. Now with production on psychological thriller Servant complete and an expected Fall 2019 premiere, Apple’s new streaming service is giving viewers their first look at the upcoming series.
Created and written by Tony Basgallop (Hotel Babylon, Outcast), Servant introduces us to parents Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean Turner (Toby Kebbell), who have hired young nanny Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) to help care for their newborn child. As time goes on (and because it makes the story much more interesting than it just being a series about a healthy babysitter-child dynamic), it becomes pretty clear that things are going to get creepy-weird pretty quickly.
If you need any more convincing, just check out the two teasers released during Sunday night’s Emmy Awards broadcast. Not sure about you, but “creepy baby” and “crickets” are usually “red flags” for us – we see what you’re doing there, Servant:
Shyamalan directs the pilot and an additional episode during the season. Lisa Brühlmann is also on board to direct an episode, with Ruper Grint (Harry Potter franchise, Snatch) co-starring as Julian Pearce.
Shyamalan executive produces alongside Basgallop, Ashwin Rajan (Split, Wayward Pines), Escape Artists’ Jason Blumenthal (The Equalizer), Todd Black (The Magnificent Seven) and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump). Mike Gioulakis will serve as the series’ cinematographer, with Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures handling production.