The last few years have been kind to M. Night Shyamalan. He started his comeback with the release of The Visit in 2015, and the Sixth Sense director once again reclaimed his place as a modern icon with the smashing success of Split. He is not only a well-known fixture in the big screen world, though, having dipped his toe into the weird waters of TV with Wayward Pines, and he is returning to the realm of serialized television. Apple has tapped Shyamalan to create a brand new series within its original programming slate.
We still don't know much about M. Night Shyamalan's Apple project, but it sounds like it will be in his wheelhouse. Teaming up with 24: Live Another Day's Tony Basgallop, the series will be a psychological thriller, which should play to Shyamalan's strengths as a filmmaker by allowing him to embrace twists, turns, and a dark atmosphere for his characters to inhabit. Beyond that, we can also confirm that the untitled series will consist of ten half-hour episodes, and that Shyamalan himself will direct the pilot.
Despite that information revealed by TVLine, there isn't much else that we can confirm that this stage of the show's development. It has yet to receive an official title, and we have yet to receive any announcements about the talent who will step in front of the camera -- although, given M. Night Shyamalan's penchant for cameos in his movies, it is entirely possible that he will opt to give himself a small part in this. (And we're hoping for Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, just because.)
This project is far from the only iron that M. Night Shyamalan currently has in the fire. In fact, the director recently wrapped production on 2019's Glass, the sequel to Split that will formally join its continuity with that of Unbreakable. The highly-anticipated follow-up to his surprise 2017 horror hit has generated a ton of enthusiasm from fans, and it will bring pretty much all of the key players from both films back into the equation for another showdown, including the aforementioned Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy.
M. Night Shyamalan is not the only creative mind that Apple has tapped for original scripted content. In addition to this project, the tech giant has also begun work on a new dramedy series starring Reese Witherspoon, and Jennifer Anniston, a comedy series based on You Think It, I'll Say It with Kristen Wiig, and several others.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming TV project as it becomes available to us. For now, hop over to our 2018 midseason premiere guide for more details on this spring's biggest small screen debuts, and listen to the most recent episode of The Cord Cutter Podcast to hear what else we have to say about the fascinating and ever-expanding world of streaming content.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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