FOX recruits M. Night Shyamalan, 'Band of Brothers' vet for event series
Network is developing 'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers'
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
FOX is getting into the "long-form event series" business, announcing on Tuesday (January 8) that it has begun development on projects from M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce C. McKenna.
Shyamalan is behind "Wayward Pines," which comes from the novel "Pines" by Blake Crouch. Chad Hodge wrote the first draft of the project, which focuses on a Secret Service agent who travels to an Idaho town to investigate the disappearance of two agents, but discovers something is fishy in "Wayward Pines." FOX describes the project as "an intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit 'Twin Peaks.'"
McKenna will write "Blood Brothers," which focuses on the West Point Class of 1861. As you may be able to guess, that class was torn apart by a war that transformed brothers into mortal enemies on battlefields around the nation. In addition to McKenna ("Band of Brothers," "The Pacific"), "Blood Brothers" will be executive produced with Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary Randall.
FOX hopes to order its first event series pilot or pilots later this year and the network hopes to premiere its first long-form event series in 2014.
Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly blurbs on the motive, "With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, 'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers' represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business. These two series are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months."
Don't these projects sound a lot like what networks used to call "miniseries"? Well, yes.
"We're not calling them miniseries because miniseries got a negative connotation, kind of thought of as fodder and cut-rate fare," Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. "If anything, we're going to try to emulate the HBO model, which is high-end talent, big in scope, epic productions, which probably will have movie stars and top notch talent — people who want to do television but are not going to sign on for five years."
Stay tuned for more details.
1955 | Musical | NRSummary: Gambling was never so stylishly appealing as when Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra are charismatically singing, dancing, and charming their way through New York.Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra
1986 | Family | GSummary: In Victorian London, England, a little mouse girl's toymaker father is abducted by a peg-legged bat. She enlists the aid of Basil of Baker Street, the rodent world's answer to Sherlock Holmes. The case expands as Basil uncovers the crime's link to a plot against the Crown itself.Director: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker
Cast: Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent Price, Susanne Pollatschek
2010 | Comedy | RSummary: One of the funniest and bloodiest-ever cases of mistaken intentions ensues when a group of college campers assumes two good-natured rednecks must be killers.Director: Eli Craig
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) is the star of this tense and thrilling one-man show, playing a contractor who is trying to remotely manage a difficult job as he speeds towards an important personal task.Director: Steven Knight
Cast: Tom Hardy
2015 | Adventure | GSummary: Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies s...Director: Steve Loter
Cast: Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné
1964 | Musical | NRSummary: Everything is beautiful in this dazzling musical: Catherine Deneuve, the glowing cinematography, the songs of Michel Legrand, and even the bittersweet romance.Director: Jacques Demy
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
2013 | Action | RSummary: An elite firm of assassins must face their own mortality as they are hunted down one by one by a mysterious assailant. Caught up in the drama is a disgraced journalist who is more connected to the assassins' world than he could ever know.Director: Ian Chinsee
Cast: Benjamin Alldridge, Daniel Cason, Ian Chinsee, Anna Doody
1988 | Comedy | NRSummary: The original Brady Bunch reunites for this Christmas special, and finds their family bond helps them overcome the most difficult trials.Director: Peter Baldwin
Cast: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis
2011 | Horror | NRSummary: A widower is tormented by his own problems, which turn into night terrors, but he begins to suspect that there could be some supernatural origin to what haunts him. Thomas Hedengran and Peter Stormare lead this haunting story inspired by Swedish folk tales.Director: Filip Tegstedt
Cast: Thomas Hedengran, Peter Stormare, Tintin Anderzon
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.