‘The Watchers’: Dakota Fanning to lead Ishana Night Shyamalan’s directorial debut

Production on the thriller will begin later this year with the studio eyeing a worldwide release on June 7, 2024

Published - April 27, 2023 02:08 pm IST

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning | Photo Credit: Steve Marcus

Actor Dakota Fanning is all set to star in The Watchers, the upcoming thriller which marks the directorial debut of Ishana Night Shyamalan, daughter of filmmaker M Night Shyamalan.

Ishana, who recently served as writer and director on the critically-acclaimed Apple TV+ series Servant, which was showrun by her father, has adapted the film from author A M Shine's novel of the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project is backed by New Line Cinema.

In The Watchers, Fanning will essay the role of Mina, a 28-year-old artist, who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. "When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers that are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night," the official logline read.

M Night Shyamalan and Ashwin Rajan are on board to produce the film through Blinding Edge Pictures. Nimitt Mankad with Inimitable Pictures will also serve as a producer, and Jo Homewood is attached as an executive producer.

Production on the thriller will begin later this year with the studio eyeing a June 7, 2024, worldwide release.

Ishana, a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, also directed the second unit of her father's hit films Old (2021) and Knock at the Cabin (2023).

Fanning will be next seen in Equalizer 3, which reunites her with Man on Fire co-star Denzel Washington. Her upcoming projects also include Netflix’s limited series The Perfect Couple and Steve Zaillian’s limited series Ripley adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels.

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