Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is an executive producer and directs a number of episodes of Servant, an upcoming drama-horror series heading to Apple TV+.
The plot follows a young and troubled couple who, after experiencing the loss of their infant from health complications, get a creepy lifelike doll to help the mother deal with the death. A nanny is even hired to take care of the faux baby, and it looks like that’s just the tip of the iceberg with the weirdness and surprises that will unfold.
Shyamalan’s resume is filled with great highs (such as The Sixth Sense and Split) and real lows (such as The Last Airbender and After Earth), so you never know what level of quality you’re going to get with anything his name is attached with. Personally, I think he can be a stronger director than a screenwriter, so the fact that this series is created and written by someone else, Tony Basgallop (Hotel Babylon, 24: Live Another Day), and it looks like they’ve gone for Shyamalan’s signature style of filmmaking bodes well. There’s no mistaking some of those unsettling shots and camera angles.
Servant, starring Toby Kebbell (who’s long been overdue for a part that gathers him recognition), Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, hits Apple TV+ on November 28th.