M. Night Shyamalan’s getting a TV show
At the end of every episode, he reveals you’ve really been watching Pawn Stars. It’s kind of amazing to me that M. Night Shyamalan still gets work after his last few movies tanked so hard, but it looks like he’s moving down the Hollywood food chain with his next project – an original series for SyFy. No diss on the network, but they’re more known for Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus than anything, you know, good.
TVLine is reporting that SyFy has committed to a pilot for Proof, a new drama series directed by Shyamalan and produced by him and Marti Noxon, best-known for her work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The series is about the son of a tech billionaire who, when his father dies, decides to use his fortune to find evidence of life after death. I don’t really see how that premise can carry a whole series, but I’m not a Hollywood genius who’se last music got a 6% on Rotten Tomatoes.
This isn’t the first time that Shyamalan has worked with the network – in 2004 SyFy aired The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan, a “documentary” created to serve as a marketing tool for The Village. The network got into some trouble with that one as it knowingly disseminated a false story about the director experiencing a near-death experience in childhood. In addition, they tried to make the media believe that Shyamalan was suing the filmmakers. When all this came out as a PR stunt, SyFy’s owners at Universal apologized like crazy and distanced them from the whole thing. Do you think they’ll do the same with Proof?