This summer will see the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, the Will Smith-starring sci-fi flick After Earth. It’s unclear if After Earth will be part of a movie comeback for the Indian-American director, but on TV, Shyamalan is still a hot commodity as if 2001 never ended. Fox has just picked up Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines for a long-form drama series to air in 2014.
According to Deadline.com, Fox is developing Wayward Pines with Shyamalan, Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club), Donald De Line (Green Lantern), and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth).
‘With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, Wayward Pines… represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business,’ said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly. ‘These two series (Blood Brothers) are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months.’
The TV series follows a secret service agent named Ethan Burke. When he arrives in the small rustic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho to investigate the whereabouts of two missing federal agents, he soon discovers that things aren’t what they appear to be, and more questions about the town overshadow his ongoing investigation. As Burke slowly discovers the truth, he comes to the realization that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive.
The new series is based on the best-selling novel Wayward Pines, by Blake Crouch, and is said to closely resemble David Lynch’s cult classic, Twin Peaks. Does this make M. Night Shyamalan the new David Lynch? We’ll have to wait and see.
This isn’t the first series M. Night Shyamalan developed for TV. A few months ago, Shyamalan began working on a new TV series Proof Of Life for the SyFy Channel. The series surrounds the son of billionaires. After his parent’s untimely death, he looks for anyone who can help him find their ghosts.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines is expected to premiere during the Fall TV season in 2014 on Fox.