M Night Shyamalan: We're blessed to be making television
M Night Shyamalan legacy of idiosyncratic content makes him one of the most innovative storytellers in Hollywood and for his first foray into television he chose an American psychological thriller based on the 'Wayward Pines' novels by Blake Crouch
M Night Shyamalan is known to be the master of cliffhangers which is evident in his cult films like 'The Sixth Sense', 'Unbreakable', 'Signs', 'The Village' and many more. His legacy of idiosyncratic content makes him one of the most innovative storytellers in Hollywood and for his first foray into television, Shyamalan chose an American psychological thriller based on the 'Wayward Pines' novels by Blake Crouch.
M Night Shyamalan
The season 2 of Wayward Pines that also stars Indian actress Nimrat Kaur, premieres Friday, May 27th on Star World Premiere HD.
During a conversation, the Indian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and occasional actor, shared his excitement of working on television and apprehension of working on a longer series, "We're blessed to be making television or at least joining television – it was the first show, 'Wayward Pines' and at a time where the formats are not prescribed to you. Like, it has to be 24 episodes in a season. It would have been impossible. I would have peaced out for sure. I don't know how they do it. We can barely do ten. I mean, when you're doing every detail of that line and this line, and making sure it's going the right way. So what we did was, we went away and we just sat down and said, do we have a story to tell? What is the end of the story? Then we walked it to the end, and then we said, wow, that's a great story. I would love to know about that story, that kind of Biblical story, and where this ends, a definitive end. How many episodes would that take to tell that story? So we guesstimated, and then we went to the studio and said – went to the network and studio and said, this is what we think it will be. We will not go longer than this. So if you want to do a second season, this is where it's going to end."
Shyamalan also revealed that he will not be directing any episode this time around, "I'm just editing my movie. But I'm oppressively on them. I'm sure they hear my voice all the time".