-M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) is coming to TV for the first time and he’ll be working with Marti Noxon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Glee), bringing with them a produced pilot called Proof to the Syfy channel.
Shyamalan and Noxon will be working together writing and executive producing the Syfy TV pilot project.
“After the tragic accident and sudden death of his parents, the son of a billionaire tech genius offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death.”
I see no mention of any cast yet.
So tell me that doesn’t sound like something right up Shyamalan’s alley? And with Whedon fan fave Noxon, I can only guess that there can very well be a lot of fan anticipation.
Shyamalan came out of the gate of of obscurity with 1999′s The Sixth Sense which took movie fans by storm. He then came out with a subtle take on the comic book superhero with 2000′s Unbreakable and for me, I really enjoyed 2002′s Signs and appreciated 2004′s The Village.
The Sixth Sense and The Village had great twists while Unbreakable and Signs addressed some fun genre material.
But he lost something in translation since then.
It looks like he’s returning to the realm of the dead on TV and maybe his work, tempered with Noxon’s influence, will shine a bit more above the usual TV fare.
Right now he’s directing After Earth, which stars Will Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Zoe Kravitz, Jaden Smith in a movie where
“After a crash landing, a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier.”
It’s in post-production and due in theaters in June of 2013.
And Noxon has a great resume of successes on TV with Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Mad Men and Glee. On the big screen, her writing credits include I Am Number Four & Fright Night.
I think this is a good match up of creative power and Proof may just have a shot at being a pretty decent TV project, and on Syfy no less!
[Syfy press release]