M. Night Shyamalan Moves to SyFy for Scripted Series PROOF

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While I am a fan of director M. Night Shyamalan’s story ideas, his feature film track record has fallen off precipitously since 1999′s The Sixth Sense.  Perhaps a dip in the small screen pool will get him back on track, as Shyamalan is heading to SyFy with the scripted series, Proof.  Based on an original idea from Shyamalan (+1), Proof revolves around the orphaned son of billionaire parents who offers a reward if someone can present proof of life after death; Shyamalan will also direct (-1?). Hit the jump for more.

m-night-shyamalan-proofTHR also reported that Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would be attached to the project as a producer.  Noxon and Shyamalan would co-write the project, as well as being on hand as executive producers alongside Ashwin Rajan of Shyamalan’s Blinding Eagle.

SyFy recently parted ways with longtime series Eureka and opted out of renewing Sanctuary, while extending Total Blackout and Lost Girl. The cable network gave Proof a put-pilot commitment, basically guaranteeing that the pilot will be aired and the series will likely be picked up, as otherwise they’d have to pay out anyway.

Shyamalan recently wrapped on After Earth, a futuristic sci-fi film that stars Will Smith and Jayden Smith as, you guessed it, father and son.




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  • Scullibundo

    I think you mean it’s fallen off since Unbreakable – his best feature film.

  • dogg

    Shyamalan finally found his level.

  • Kai Sacco

    Personally, I think Shyamalan’s fallout didn’t begin until “Lady in the Water”. Not counting “The Last Airbender” since it’s not an original work, he’s really only had 2 misses: the aforementioned “Lady in the Water” and “The Happening”. “The Village” worked for me.

    Getting back on track, I loved what Marti Noxon did with the “Fright Night” remake, so I’m eager to see what she does with Shyamalan on this project. She should be a good equalizer for him.

  • will

    The Sixth Sense was solid.
    Unbreakable was good until it ended too soon.
    Signs was nonsense.
    The Village was nonsense.
    Lady in the Water was offensively stupid, self-indulgent nonsense.
    The Happening was one of the most stupid and incompetent films ever made.
    The Last Airbender was boring, unintentionally hilarious, incoherent, and generally awful.
    After Earth doesn’t look very promising (More Jaden Smith forced on us, “General Cypher Raige”)

    • Northern Star

      Why do you think ‘Unbreakable’ ended too soon? It ended exactly where it should have; Bruce Willis’ character realized who he was and his place in the world, whilst Sam Jackson’s character showed his true colors to both Willis’ character and to the audience (who gasped at the screening I was at)… what more is there to say, would you like them to engage in a punch-up!? I loved ‘Signs’, and whilst Shyamalan just about got away with the twist ending there, he badly needed to do something else after that, not run it into the ground with ‘The Village’…

      • will

        My main problem with the ending of Unbreakable is that it’s too pat. Just as Jackson is unveiled as the mastermind, the movie ends. We don’t get to see enough of his villain persona. As for Signs, it might be more about what came after it than the movie itself that bugs me about it (though I personally don’t care for it). It’s the beginning of Shyamalan writing plots around extremely ludicrous MacGuffins. “Crop circles” turn into “Insane Modern 19th Century Village”, which becomes “Weird pale thing from another that can see the future lives in Paul Giamatti’s pool” which becomes “Plants give off gas to make humans kill themselves”.

  • Action Movie Fanatix

    I may be one of the few Shyamalan fans left but I have thought that TV might be a good thing for him for quite a while now. After Devil I thought he should start a Twilight Zone / Outer Limits type of TV series. He was supposedly working on a series of films called The Night Chronicles starting with Devil but we haven’t really seen anything on that series since. Hopefully this works out for him and his fans.

  • Action Movie Fanatix

    I may be one of the few Shyamalan fans left but I have thought that TV might be a good thing for him for quite a while now. After Devil I thought he should start a Twilight Zone / Outer Limits type of TV series. He was supposedly working on a series of films called The Night Chronicles starting with Devil but we haven\’t really seen anything on that series since. Hopefully this works out for him and his fans.

  • Tim

    Sixth Sense: Okay
    Unbreakable: Amazing
    Signs: Amazing
    The Village: Amazing

    • Griz

      I agree! . . . .Just switch the Okays and the Amazings around . . . . and then switch the okays with Mehs

    • Northern Star

      The trouble with ‘The Village’ is the film seemingly existed just to set up The Twist, there was no real story or narrative to speak of – or at least one that I was emotionally engaged in – and the script was half-baked and uneven at best, Shyamalan probably should have spent another few months properly working it all out in a more coherent manner, plus if he was going to do another Film With A Twist Ending, he probably should have directed ‘Life of Pi’ that was offered to him on a silver platter in 2003…

  • paul tracy

    the guy surround himself with “yes” men. don’t plan on anything original. sorry.

    ~ p

  • LEM

    I wish he would just do the sequel to Unbreakable like he said he wanted to do.

  • Jacob

    The Village was a masterpiece.

  • Phil Beta

    Good thing I stopped watching SyFy after they canceled Stargate forever.

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