The Visit is the latest film from thriller maker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable). He said he had the idea for The Visit for a long time, “to make a small little movie, about kids and old people.” But he said it was irrational. “It’s like against every commercial instinct that you could possibly have.”
But then he was inspired by producer Jason Blum (Whiplash, Paranormal Activity) who has been successful at making “original movies” and being able to reach large audiences. Shyamalan told Movieweb: “I basically just stole his (Blum’s) idea, went and shot the movie, and when I thought it was decent enough, I was like, ‘OK, Jason, come take a look at this and see if I’m crazy.’” Universal Studios acquired the film and Blum came on as producer. The Visit opens in theaters on September 11. The Whiplash producer is hoping it turns heads at the box office.