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 his psychological thriller Servant complete and a newly-announced November 28 premiere date set, Apple’s new streaming service is giving viewers another 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.
Or does it? Because as you’re about to see, there’s a question at play that may not be so easy to answer:
From M. Night Shyamalan, Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
If you need any more convincing, just check out these two previously-released teasers, originally broadcast during FOX’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.