M. Night Shyamalan to produce straight-to-series thriller for Apple

“M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple,” Joe Otterson reports for Variety. “The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce. Plot details for the series are being kept under wraps. The half-hour series has received a 10-episode order, with Shyamalan also set to direct the first episode.”

“This project will be Shyamalan’s second foray into television,” Otterson reports. “He previously executive produced the Fox series Wayward Pines, which recently ended after two seasons.”

“He most recently wrote, produced, and directed the hit film Split and is preparing the sequel Glass, both of which tie into his 2000 film Unbreakable. He is also behind blockbusters like The Sixth Sense and Signs,” Otterson reports. “This marks the latest high-profile project in Apple’s ever-growing originals slate”

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    1. Okay, THAT’s a bit mean, no?

      Shyamalan isn’t at the peak celebration level he was for a time, but has continued to create worlds that audiences have enjoyed. I think “Split” was excellent, and it teased a follow-up to “Unbreakable,” another very sharp work.

      Apple is relatively quietly making deals with some very strong creative talent. Remains to be seen if they can curate a strong enough offering to break into Netflix & Amazon’s world.

      1. Yes it WAS a bit mean but deserved. The man has used up his 15 minutes of fame and after a lot of great promise created a lot of expensive duds. He took up slots other directors couldn’t have to get their shot. I would rather Apple not make deals with has-beens. I work in the business and see a side of it perhaps you don’t. It seems to smack of Apple desperation to be making deals with guys like this out of the gate. But I guess like a clock is right twice a day maybe he’ll step up.

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