The new M. Night Shyamalan movie “Knock at the Cabin” is based on a book by local author Paul Tremblay. He’s very excited about it.

On Thursday, the trailer for M movie. New Night ShyamalanKnock in the cabinTo get the “Sixth Sense” director excited, Many fans. The film, set to premiere in February, is based on the 2018 Tremblay horror novel.Cabin at the end of the world.

“Honestly, it’s a little weird and a little surreal,” said Tremblay, 51, a math teacher and award-winning writer, Bram Stoker. who was praised with him Psychological thriller and mystery horror novels.

Here’s the premise: A family of three delves deeper into the woods to enjoy some time in an idyllic New England-style cabin, away from the rest of the world. But not long after their vacation, a group of strangers were scattered with medieval-style weapons They arrive at their door with Terrifying Alarm – “Save your family, or save humanity. Make the choice,” says the movie’s slogan.

To avoid any spoilers, we’ll leave it at that.

After the trailer was released (it’s already been viewed nearly 10 million times on Twitter alone), fans of Tremblay’s work were excited to see that the adaptation of the story — a touching story that mostly takes place within cabin walls — was hitting the big screen.

“yes!!! Tweet embed And the Tweet embed It will be a force to connect with! ‘ Someone tweeted.

“Based on this trailer, I just bought The Cabin At The End Of The World before Tweet embedRead the first two chapters, and now plan to ignore work, friends, parenting obligations, and all the other important things until I’m done with them,” another wrote.

The Globe met Tremblay, whose latest book “The Pallbearers Club” hit shelves in July, as the hype around the film continued to grow.

Here’s what he said about the adaptation, interviewing the actors and directors, and what his students think about his harrowing writing career. (This interview was Edited for length and clarity).

How do you feel about this book becoming a movie?

To say it’s really sexy would be an understatement. Seeing the trailer in particular – it’s a minor detail but seeing the grasshoppers and [the child character] We keep notes [the insects] – It’s just so brutal. To hear lines from the book come out of [actor] Dave BautistaMouth it, it’s super sexy and seems to be beautifully photographed. I think it will be a great movie, beautifully shot.

You mentioned at an event recently that you had a chance to see the shoot in person?

In the production warehouse, it looks like some kind of thing [in Pennsylvania] They built a booth inside for indoor photography. That was really wild. Being inside the warehouse and then inside a cabin – this beautifully built cabin that people in New England were stabbing people because I met almost everyone. It was really cool.

Have you met M. Night Shyamalan?

Lil let me watch him in action, up close. For most of my two-day visit, I was sitting in the same cabin room watching basically M. Night; Watch it watch the action. In between the scenes I met the actors and they were very cool and wonderful. They all read the book too, which was really wild. It was a very compliment. I brought a copy of my book—a hardcover I had—and asked the actors to sign it, and M. Nate too.

Your books have been widely read, including by Stephen King. But that seems to be a big door opening for you.

Oh, sure. I imagine there will be more interest when the movie comes out in February. So far it’s been pretty low key, trying to keep some mystery around the movie in place, and I’ve been trying to play ball as much as I can. But it’s a great opportunity. I’d like to see more of my work adapted. I suppose more opportunities will emerge, but we’ll see.

What was it like getting a call from M. Night that he wanted to use the book as the basis for the movie?

It was kinda strange. Like many people, I first saw or heard of M. Night with a “sixth sense” [in the late ‘90s]And I had hardly started fiddling with the writing. I was pretty amateur at that point. So, to be on the phone with him it was definitely like, “Wow, I’m on the phone with M. Night Shyamalan, this is so crazy.” But he had a lot of nice things to say about the book and was very candid – which I appreciate – about some of the ways he might change the plot and things like that, which is obviously par for the course for any kind of adaptation.

Without spoiling anything, ardent fans of your work will see major differences?

I can’t say much. I will just say that for people who have read the book, there are still some things that can surprise you when you watch the movie.

What does the school you work at do with all this?

Once they started filming, the rights [to the book] It was purchased, so the film gives me the financial flexibility to take a year of teaching. My school – St. Sebastian’s School in Needham – has always been supportive of my writing; Incredibly supportive. They are totally with me on vacation for a year and they keep my work for me. I just finished my twenty-seventh year there.

Are you a celebrity in the halls of Saint Sebastian?

Everyone at school is excited. I just got an email this morning from a student I had last year, who wants to interview me in the school newspaper about the movie. Children are interested. And honestly, I think they think it’s cooler to have a blue checkmark on Twitter than anything else.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.

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