M. Night Shyamalan’s Next Victim? ‘Stranger Things’

By January 17, 2017

Yes, the early reviews for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Split starring James McAvoy (so far) is getting pretty solid reviews.

But still, when the writer and director says he’d like to get his hands on the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, it’s hard not to feel at least a little uneasy.

But that’s what Shyamalan wants to do, telling Digital Spy he’s very interested in stepping in to helm an episode of the 1980s period series.

“My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me. They were ’round my house, and I was like, ‘Well, you can hire me back guys.'”

Shyamalan was an executive producer of Wayward Pines, the Fox summer series that starred Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Toby Jones and Shannyn Sossamon. However, Shyamalan’s film resume is less than stellar.

While The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were bonafide hits for Shyamalan in the late 1990s, everything else has been anything that. The Last Airbender in 2010 earned just $319.7 million globally, while After Earth starring the father-son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith, did even worse with just $60.5 million domestically and $251.5 million globally.

But Split does indeed have critics talking, and mostly in a positive light, if it’s not simply for McAvoy’s performance of a man with 23 distinct personalities, with one yet-to-be-seen personality set to reveal itself and dominate the rest.

That film opens this weekend, while Stranger Things is likely already heading into production, and at least for now, missing Shyamalan’s name on any of the planned nine episodes.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.