9 Things You Didn’t Know About Fox’s ‘Wayward Pines’
Fox’s Wayward Pines mini-series is coming to an end this week and including time-shifted viewing data the series is the most successful of the summer in the coveted 18-49 demo. It’s not hard to see why as the M. Night Shyamalan produced series has been a true summer surprise and picked up steam every week with reveal after reveal. Yet there are a number of behind the scenes stories that are as fun to explore as the series itself! Here are 9 things you didn’t know about Wayward Pines
9. M. Night Shyamalan Latest Twist? Small Screen Success
It’s been a while since M. Night Shymalan has had a hit…a long while.
And it’s not from lack of trying but, after the genius of The Sixth Sense, the talented filmmaker couldn’t return to that level of success. Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, even a big screen adaptation of Nickelodeon’s very popular The Last Airbender couldn’t do it for him. Yet because Hollywood knows what he’s capable of doing, he keeps getting more chances to come back and try again. Wayward Pines was one of those chances.
Shyamalan was contacted by Chad Hodge, a screenwriter in the middle of working on a adaption of Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines with an offer to switch mediums. After hearing the pitch to come onboard to co-produce the series and direct the first episode (thus setting the tone), Shyamalan replied he was in “as long as everyone in it isn’t already dead.” Good call.
8. The Cast
While landing Shyamalan was one win, Hodge still needed a cast and he was able to get some big names on board and in turn lead to some fun side stories.
Take Terrence Howard for example who was the first actor approached. In a interview with Fast Company, Hodge recounts that Howard was the only actor who did not want to know the whole plot or what happens to his character. He just wanted to know the tone of the series before accepting the role.
Meanwhile, the script was enough to sell Matt Dillon who had never done a TV series in his entire career. What’s interesting here is that Dillon and Howard previously co-starred together in the Oscar winning film Crash where the roles were reversed. While in Crash, Dillon was the power hungry cop abusing his power, Howard is the power hungry cop abusing his role with Dillon in Wayward Pines . The cast also has other connections in that Carla Gugino appeared on HBO’s Entourage opposite Matt Dillon’s brother Kevin and co-stars Melissa Leo and Reed Diamond both had work together on the long-running NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street.