Apple has given a straight-to-series order for an untitled psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that will be written by Tony Basgallop.
The 10 parts of 30-minute original thriller series will be executive produced by Oscar-and Golden Globe Award-nominated writer and director Shyamalan(Unbreakable,Split, Glass), who will also direct the first episode. The project is created by BAFTA-nominated producer Basgallop (24, To the Ends of the Earth), who will write and executive produce the series.
The show will be produced by Blinding Edge Pictures with AshwinRajan(Split, Wayward Pines) serving as Executive Producer, along with the Escape Artists team of Jason Blumenthal (The Equalizer, The Pursuit of Happyness), Todd Black (Fences, The Magnificent Seven) and Steve Tisch(Forrest Gump, Risky Business), as well as co-executive producer Taylor Latham.
The Apple show marks Shyamalan’s latest TV foray following Fox’s summer thriller Wayward Pines, which will not return for a third season after trouble casting a new lead for the anthology-like drama. Shyamalan(Unbreakable, Split, the upcoming Glass) also has been working on a two-hour Tales From the Crypt horror block for Turner-owned TNT. The status of that project, first announced in January 2016, remains unclear.
The Shyamalan project joins a rapidly expanding slate of scripted series at Apple under video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht and their growing development team.
The company’s slate includes the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon morning news drama; a mystery series from La La Land’s Damien Chazelle; Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology (which is looking for a new showrunner after Bryan Fuller’s exit); Octavia Spencer’s Are You Sleeping (in development); a comedy starring Kristin Wiig; a space drama from Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore; Steven Knight’s world-building See; and unscripted docuseries Home.