Author Paul Tremblay reacts to being left off the poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film Knock at the Cabin. The original 2018 novel, The Cabin at the End of the World, was written by Tremblay and would go on to win the Bram Stoker Award for Novel in 2019. Before the novel was even published, FilmNation acquired the film rights to the book in April 2018. In 2021, it was announced that Shyamalan would be directing the film adaptation of the horror novel, and that it would star Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Ben Aldridge, and Jonathan Groff. Knock at the Cabin follows a family of three who are vacationing in a remote cabin, only to be taken hostage by a group of strangers who tell them that they must sacrifice one family member to avert the apocalypse. The film is set to be released on February 3, 2023.
Recently on Twitter, Knock at the Cabin shared its first poster, and Tremblay points out that something is missing from it. In Twitter posts from Tremblay, the author points out that neither his name nor his book is featured anywhere on the poster, despite Knock at the Cabin being a direct film adaptation from The Cabin at the End of the World. Tremblay goes on to suggest that, while The Cabin at the End of the World will have a movie tie-in version coming on February 7, the film doesn’t seem to acknowledge its source material at all. Read Tremblay’s posts below:
Knock At The Cabin Repeats An Old Trick
While the Knock at the Cabin poster seems to have separated itself from Tremblay’s original novel, this isn’t the first time a Shyamalan film has minimized its source material. In 2021, Shyamalan released the thriller Old, which was a movie adaptation of Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frédérik Peeters’ graphic novel Sandcastle. However, Old similarly divested itself of any association with Sandcastle, leaving many viewers to assume that the film was an original Shyamalan work rather than an adaptation.
Though Lévy and Peeters didn’t comment on the fairly minimal acknowledgment of their graphic novel when it came to Old’s marketing, Tremblay certainly isn’t doing the same. Responding to a Twitter user who said they were uncomfortable with Tremblay’s lack of acknowledgment in the poster, Tremblay responded by saying “no need to be uncomfy insofar as they purchased the rights and the book will be credited in the film.” Tremblay acknowledges that, while the rights to the adaptation were purchased, and that The Cabin at the End of the World will receive credit in Knock at the Cabin, he still wants credit where credit is due.
Considering Tremblay’s comments, it will be interesting to see how closely Knock at the Cabin sticks to its source material’s plot. It seems likely that Shyamalan’s movie will deviate from Tremblay’s story considerably. Knock at the Cabin will be Tremblay’s first film adaptation of his work, and rightfully so, he isn’t staying silent about making sure audiences know where the film’s story came from. Given that Shyamalan now has a history of not giving authors much credit when adapting their books into films, Tremblay’s vocal criticisms may be key to ensuring that this doesn’t happen with a Shyamalan movie again in the future. Though there has only been one poster released so far, perhaps future Knock at the Cabin promotional materials will finally give Tremblay the acknowledgment he deserves.