M. Night Shyamalan Apple series

M. Night Shyamalan is the latest big name to head to Apple. The Sixth Sense filmmaker will produce a straight-to-series thriller for Apple’s new streaming service. In their quest to compete with Netflix, Apple has already signed several big names for new projects.

Apple’s streaming service continues to grow. Variety confirms that M. Night Shyamalan, the twist-ending loving filmmaker behind The Sixth SenseUnbreakableThe Visit and Split, has signed a straight-to-series deal with Apple for a new thriller. There are no plot details yet, but the series will feature 10 half-hour episodes. Shyamalan set to direct the first episode of the series.

Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures will produce the series, with Ashwin RajanJason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch serving as executive producers. Beyond the new series, Shyamalan is in the process of editing the highly-anticipated Glass. 

The M. Night Shyamalan Apple series won’t be the director’s first foray into TV. Shyamalan also served as executive producer on the Twin Peaks-esque FOX series Wayward Pines. If you were hoping for more Wayward Pines, though, I have some bad news: the show has been cancelled. FOX told TV Line that the series is “unlikely” to return for a third season. Shyamalan was also attached to a Tales From the Crypt reboot for TNT, but that project has since returned to the grave.

Apple’s Streaming Service 

Shyamalan’s thriller is just the latest entry in Apple’s ever-growing streaming service. Apple has previously announced a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories, which originally had Bryan Fuller on board as showrunner (Fuller has since left, as seems to be his style). The Big Sick writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon have also joined Apple to create the series Little America. Other series include something from La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle, a space race series from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore, and a morning TV drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

There’s no word just how Apple plans to debut their service – will it be available via iTunes, or are they going to release a brand new platform? For now, all we know is that Apple is all-in on cornering the increasingly popular streaming content market. Netflix currently reigns supreme here, but Amazon and Hulu are constantly competing. On top of that, Disney is in the process of developing their own streaming service which will feature Star Wars titles, Marvel-related material, original movies, and more.

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