“After Earth” was rough for M. Night Shyamalan, there’s no way getting around that. It’s critical reception was lukewarm at best and it didn’t “wow” anyone at the box office. Still, all things considered, it wasn’t the disaster his previous films were. Perhaps he’ll find new success on the smaller screen with his upcoming project “Wayward Pines.”
The event series (which is like an extended mini-series) is based upon the best-selling novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch. Here’s a description of the book:
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
Howard will play Sheriff Pope and will join a cast that already includes Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, and Melissa Leo. The series is being produced for Fox and is set to air next year in May.