M. Night Shyamalan sets his sights for Stranger Things

Netflix's supernatural hit Stranger Things













Fans of the smash Netflix series Stranger Things may or may not have known that the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, were once writing protégés of M. Night Shyamalan while he worked on his directorial debut in television, the short-lived Wayward Pines. With the ’80s-inspired show now reaching cult status, the duo’s former boss is hoping that they’ll reciprocate the favor.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Shyamalan expressed his desire to direct an episode of the show when it returns for its second season later this year. “My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me,” he said. “They were round my house and I was like, ‘Well, you can hire me back guys!'”

While the Duffers have not yet responded, taking Shyamalan up on his offer could work out well; some of his work has contributed to the reemergence of the supernatural/horror suspense genres in film today.

If they decide to pass, Shyamalan will still be kept busy. He will soon be making his return to TV, with the recently announced reboot of the ’90s horror classic, Tales From the Cryptfor TNT.

“I love the comics [which inspired the original series] — that show was a big deal to me… it was taboo, it was like porn! In my immigrant house, I had to go to my friend’s house to watch Tales from the Crypt, so it represented a huge thing for me,” Shyamalan said.

Although there is little known about the show, it sounds like a perfect showcase for Shyamalan’s passion of the paranormal.

You can catch Shyamalan’s newest release Split in theaters this Friday, Jan. 20. ~Ashleen Grange

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  1. LaBeef • January 19, 2017 @ 4:04 PM

    I liked The Village!

  2. Vegeta • January 19, 2017 @ 7:43 PM


  3. Amber • January 20, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

    He should be kept away from Stranger Things. I don’t think he’s the right choice.

  4. CDubya • January 20, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

    One episode wouldn’t be that bad. Think of it like the build up of one of his movies. That’s where he shines. Lately it’s the final act which his films fall apart. So directing one episode, likely the start, might prove well worth watching. My wife and I binged watched Stranger Things and found it was a great original show and was instantly hooked. I cannot wait for season 2.

  5. Scary Sherri • January 22, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

    I’ve always found his movies lame and predictable. Never understood all the acclaim and recognition he got for regurgitated ideas that an 8 year olds imagination could have come up with.

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