Apple Orders M. Night Shyamalan Psychological Thriller TV Series – Deadline
Apple landed a series from M. Night Shyamalan and British screenwriter Tony Basgallop, which recently hit the premium / digital market. The untitled half-hour psychological thriller received a 10-episode direct order from the tech giant.
The project was created by Basgallop (24, to the ends of the earth), who will write and produce the series. Shyamalan (Unbreakable, To divide) is an executive producer and will direct the first episode.
The series will be produced by Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures, starring Ashwin Rajan (To divide, Wayward pines) as executive producer alongside Jason Blumenthal’s Escape Artists team (Equalizer), Todd Black (Fences) and Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump). Taylor Latham will be co-executive producer.
On television, Shyamalan recently produced the anthology horror series Wayward pines, which aired on Fox for two seasons. He is unlikely to return for a third. His next feature film, A glass, will be released in 2019.
This is the last direct order from Apple, which quickly built up its list of originals. In the past two months, Apple has commissioned a Damien Chazelle drama series, that of Steven Spielberg Amazing stories reboot, a morning drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, a comedy series presented by Kristin Wiig, a space drama by Ron Moore and a world-building drama series See by Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence. On the unscripted side, Apple gave the green light to the docuseries Home by Matt Tyrnauer and Matthew Weaver.