Visit M. Night Shyamalan’s WAYWARD PINES

It would be difficult to spawn more TWIN PEAKS comparisons than Fox’s new WAYWARD PINES does with this initial trailer. From the strangely quaint town full of colorful characters to the federal agent in way over his head to the star-studded cast, WAYWARD PINES is just begging to be measured against David Lynch’s seminal weird series.

About the only thing that will distract from the allusions to the adventures of Special Agent Dale Cooper in the great Pacific Northwest is the presence of creator/producer M. Night Shyamalan – the onetime cinematic wunderkind-turned-cliché-turned-Hollywood punch line. Everyone is trained to expect the “unexpected” from Shyamalan, so his greatest achievement here would be to get anything past the audience.

I’m calling it right now: This series will be overwhelmed by fan arguments over whether lead character Ethan is dead or not. I can almost see Twitter the next morning; and it won’t be pretty. Beyond TWIN PEAKS, this series also appears to borrow heavily from Shyamalan’s 2004 movie The Village, doesn’t it?  And how about that PRISONER vibe?

WAYWARD PINES is being held until 2015 on Fox.

Remembering When M. Night Shyamalan Had a Career

Whatever happened to M. Night Shyamalan?

Oh, he’s been making movies at a more or less steady pace every few years, but where he was once a wunderkind he’s now a pariah. Instead of being anticipated, his new releases are met with derision.m Just look at the reception Will Smith‘s After Earth got. Or, rather, didn’t get. Not even a Will Smith summer action movie could get any traction with Shyamalan at the helm.

How the mighty have fallen. Once, he was the toast of the town thanks to The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Now, his career seems irreparably damaged.