Universal Pictures has acquired the distribution rights for M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller The Visit. The studio has set a September 11, 2015 release date, where it will open against Open Road Films' Triple Nine. M. Night Shyamalan himself confirmed the news on his Twitter page earlier today.
We first reported on this project back in March, when it was known as Sundowning. That report revealed that Kathryn Hahn is starring as a single mother whose young children visit their grandparents, and things go terribly awry. Ed Oxenbould playing one of her children. Deadline reports that the story centers on a brother and sister who discover their grandparents are up to something sinister during a week-long trip, as they see their chances of returning home getting smaller every day.
M. Night Shyamalan is directing from his own screenplay and producing alongside Blumhouse's Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock, with Steven Schneider and Ashwin Rajan executive producing. The director self-financed the project, which was shot in and around his Pennsylvania home.
Well here's the great news!... Universal Pictures has bought the worldwide rights to my new thriller #TheVisit (fka) Sundowning!— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) November 12, 2014
This is a dream. So thrilled to be working with Universal! http://t.co/1JGpfplLNG— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) November 12, 2014