If you are willing to admit to being a closet Shyamalan fan, then today’s news will be music to your ears. Crash actor Matt Dillon and the science fiction adoring director are teaming up for a 2014 TV series. This news is official, folks. Fox has served M. Night Shyamalan with a 10-episode order for his “event series” called Wayward Pines. Matt Dillon will star.
Described a thriller drama, Wayward Pines will come from Shyamalan and Chad Hodge. If you dig the X-Files and Twin Peaks, you will understand the sort of atmosphere showrunners are going for with the upcoming series.
THR explained that Wayward Pines will be based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Blake Crouch. Dillon will lead the cast as Ethan Burke, “a Secret Service agent who arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents.” Instead of finding the answers he seeks, Ethan falls deeper and deeper into a mysterious rabbit hole. The most frightening thing is when he begins to doubt he’ll ever be able to return to the life he knew as a husband and father or, you know, ever leave Wayward Pines alive.
Hodge previously worked on The Playboy Club, but this time around he provides the script. Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan will serve as executive producers. following some competitive bidding the Fox network won the series.
“I read it in about a day and a half and fell in love with it,” Hodge said. “…I thought it was the perfect television show — mystery, question marks and mythology. I wrote it in three weeks. We talked about directors attached to the script before we took it out. We took it to Shyamalan first and within two days he was attached and I flew out to Philadelphia to meet with him and we totally hit it off. We sent out the script and sold it in this great way to Fox to do it as 12-episode straight to series model.”
Shyamalan has been flying under the radar since 2010’s The Last Airbender and Devil, the latter of which I actually really loved. He next directs Will and Jaden Smith on the big screen in After Earth.