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.Photo by Okauchi/REX Shutterstock