Does M. Night Shyamalan want audiences to watch Knock at the Cabin on your iPad? No, he doesn’t.
Director M.Night Shyamalan asked fans to please watch his upcoming horror release, knock on the booth, in theaters rather than on your phone or iPad. Speaking to SFX Magazine, Shyamalan thinks audiences are eager to get back to the cinema and watch some great movies (hoping knock on the booth is one), the filmmaker passionately explaining why there’s nothing quite like basking in the light of the big screen with a crowd of strangers.
“Let me be very clear, audiences are dying to come to the cinema to see great movies. That’s all there is to it. If you were going out Home Alone today, it would still be a massive hit. If you released Back to the Future today, it would be massive. And I think the industry is starting to see that, after being distracted by streamers and the pandemic. There’s nothing like it – a group of 500 strangers getting together to watch a story together, not to multitask and engage in. It’s just a deeper experience.
Movie theaters have taken a major hit in recent years thanks to the pandemic, so Shyamalan’s insistence that people are “dying to come back” may not be the best choice of words. Although there have been big box office numbers thanks to the likes of Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: the way of water, things still haven’t returned to normal with overall viewership numbers, with many people still choosing to watch movies from the safety of their own homes. Shyamalan hopes that will change with knock on the boothwhich is to be released exclusively in theaters
“Do I want you to watch Knock at the Cabin on a treadmill with your iPad?” No, I do not want.
Which begs the question, what kind of person would choose to watch knock on the booth while on a treadmill?
Knocking at the cabin is an adaptation of the novel The cabin at the end of the world
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote the screenplay from an early draft by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman, and based on the 2018 novel The cabin at the end of the world by Paul G. Tremblay, knock on the booth centers on a young girl and her parents who, while vacationing in a remote cabin in the woods, are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that they make an unthinkable choice to avoid the apocalypse. Confused, scared and with limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.
Leading these “armed foreigners” is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Blade Runner 2049 star Dave Bautista, along with the rest of knock on the booth cast consisting of Tony Award and Emmy nominee Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Mindhunter), Ben Aldridge (Pennyworth, Fleabag), BAFTA candidate Nikki Amuka-Bird (Persuasion, Old), newcomer Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn (Little women, landline phone) and Rupert Grint (Servantthem Harry Potter franchise).
knock on the booth is scheduled to be released in the United States on February 3 by Universal Pictures. So get ready to put down your Ipad.