M. Night Shyamalan has had something like a 12 year rough patch. Ever since Signs in 2002 it’s been pretty much downhill in the eyes of most people. Personally I enjoy Lady in the Water as well as Devil, which he produced, but I also won’t argue with anyone that has disliked his work. However, maybe 2015 will turn things around.
On September 11 he has the low budget thriller The Visit coming to theaters, but before that he has his new television series, “Wayward Pines“, starring Matt Dillon and a host of others coming to FOX.
[amz asin=”1477808701″ size=”small”]The show is based on Blake Crouch’s novel and follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillon) who, while investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents, finds himself trapped in the titular town, a Stepford village of the damned in which no one is allowed to leave. The citizens live in abject terror of the mysterious people in charge who run things via random phone calls, which seem to usually involve orders to commit terrible acts upon pain of death.
Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Charlie Tahan, Melissa Leo and Siobhan Fallon Hogan co-star. Just look at that line-up, four Oscar nominees and one of them a winner. I’m in.
The show premieres on May 14 at 9PM and is already drawing comparisons to the likes of David Lynch‘s “Twin Peaks”, not to mention the allusion to “The Stepford Wives” in the description above.
Watch the first trailer for “Wayward Pines” below. Shyamalan directed the pilot episode.