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M. Night Shyamalan Developing FOX Drama ‘Wayward Pines’

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Whether or not ‘After Earth‘ breaks the run of bad luck M. Night Shyamalan has had at the box office these last few years, TV is proving eager to receive the one-time ‘Sixth Sense’ director. Apart from the previous ‘Moby Dick’ drama ‘Lost Horizon‘ we’d heard about from NBC, FOX has turned to Shyamalan to develop a new longform series for the 2014 season titled ‘Wayward Pines.’ Might the spooky thriller be Shyamalan’s comeback vehicle? New details inside!

Even if M. Night Shyamalan never gets his theatrical mojo back, FOX seems keen to provide him with a new home in their upcoming arena of long-form drama series projects. FOX has announced the ‘After Earth’ director to develop upcoming supernatural procedural ‘Wayward Pines,’ to be presented in a 10-12 installment format, for a possible 2014 debut.

Based on the novel of the same name by Blake Crouch, written by ‘The Playboy Club’s Chad Hodge, and produced by Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line and Ashwin Rajan, ‘Wayward Pines’ follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke as he travels to Wayward Pines, Idaho on a mission to find two missing federal agents. The series is said to be in the vein of ‘Twin Peaks.’

“With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, Wayward Pines and [fellow long-form project] Blood Brothers 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 entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “These two series 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.”

What say you? Could Shyamalan’s mini-series ‘Wayward Pines’ make up for the run of box-office bombs the last few years? Would you like to see more contained long-form dramas on TV?

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