Servant, new series of M. Night Shyamalan to the Apple TV +, has a very unique and scary premise. The idea of a house where the countries raise a doll as a child, to compensate for the loss of the real baby, is strange, but interesting. In an interview with The Wrap, Shymalan and Tony Basgallop, creators of the series, tell where the inspiration for this plot came from.
“Originally, the idea came about having children and someone putting this precious newborn in their hands and the first thought for me was, 'How can I drop it? How can I break it? Am I ready to be a father and all the changes this will bring to my life? 'So I was very interested in writing about parenting, ”said Basgallop. “But, being the kind of person I am, I look for the dark side of things and I want to tell the story where parenthood went wrong, in a sense. And an apparently perfect family for the outside world, but after going through the facade, you realize that everything is broken ”.
Basgallop described it this way: “This is the story of a young woman who joins a family to work with them and kindly begins to fix them. But in the eyes of the family, they are not sure whether it is repairing or exploiting them. So there is a big conflict here: you invited someone to your home, you don't know if they are there to destroy or save you ”.
Shymalan says that what attracted him to the project were "some urban nightmares" in the series "we're talking about and talking about".
"One is the fear that something will happen to your child, that you, as a parent, cannot protect him," he said. “And then, the second is that you bring someone into your home, into a very intimate environment and they are not what they claim to be. And that kind of thing fits when the story unfolds. ”
The creators also revealed that they have a multi-season arc planned for the series, which has already been renewed for the second season before the premiere. "One of the things I was concerned with telling long stories on television was the idea that: 'Hey, let's keep telling the story until we tell that story or people stop paying attention to us or we'll be canceled," Shyamalan said. “Unless you're watching episodic television and that's completely appropriate, when you're doing a series, I think you need to know where you're going. And we have a plan for where we’re going. ”
Altogether there will be 10 episodes of 30 minutes in the inaugural season. The first three episodes of Servant will be released on the 28th and then follow the weekly pattern.