Shyamalan Bold Debut ‘Wayward Pines’ on TV

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San Leandro, Calif. — Indian American director M. Night Shyamalan is counting on his fans to make his weird, new FOX series a hit. “Wayward Pines,” premiering May 14 at 9 p.m., is described by the network as a “mind-bending, 10-part event thriller.”

 

 

In the show, based on Blake Crouch's international bestselling series of books, Matt Dillon plays a Secret Service agent who wakes up after an auto accident, in the small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, covered in scratches and bruises. When he can’t locate the two missing federal agents he swears were with him before he blacked out, he embarks upon an investigation — which turns up even more questions.

The cast includes Terrence Howard as a mysterious local sheriff; Melissa Leo as a creepy nurse; Carla Gugino as a fellow federal agent; Juliette Lewis as a sympathetic bartender; and Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Charlie Tahan.

Although his films overall have grossed over $1 billion, Shyamalan has had a relatively tough past few years, with two stupendous critical flops — 2013’s “After Earth,” which starred Will Smith and earned a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 11 percent; and 2010’s “The Last Airbender,” which earned a Rotten Tomatoes score of 6 percent and we’re sure is a film that its star Dev Patel would love to see erased from his resume. “The Lady in the Water” and “The Happening” were also among the more forgettable Shyamalan efforts.

But the Indian American director of the Oscar-nominated “The Sixth Sense,” the acclaimed “Unbreakable” and the enduring supernatural drama “Signs,” still has some spooky tricks up his sleeve — he produced “Devil,” about a group of people trapped in an elevator (one of whom is the Devil); and he has just written, directed and self-financed another horror film, “The Visit,” which is about what happens when a stay at your sweet little old grandma’s house goes terrifyingly wrong.

Shyamalan is also writing, producing and directing a smaller, more emotional drama called “Labor of Love,” which will star Bruce Willis as a widower who decides to take a cross-country trip on foot to prove his love for his late wife.

“Wayward Pines” marks his debut on the small screen, and the premiere May 14, on FOX and affiliated FOX channels in 125 countries, will mark the largest ever day-and-date launch for a scripted series.

 

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