Shyamalan will visit Twin Peaks territory for a new TV series

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

After a string of box-office and critical disasters in theaters, M. Night Shyamalan is turning to television to see if his fortunes pick up there.

According to Deadline, Shyamalan is the executive producer on a new "event series" for FX (home of American Horror Story) called Wayward Pines. Based on a best-selling novel called Pines, by Blake Crouch, the series is described as "an intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit Twin Peaks."

The story follows a Secret Service agent named Ethan Burke who travels to the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two missing federal agents. If you think he finds them, guess again: There's a lot more going on in Wayward Pines than Burke has bargained for, and it's very possible that he may end up sharing the same fate as the men he came to look for.

The pilot script was written by Chad Hodge and the show is envisioned as a "limited series," topping out at 10 to 12 episodes. If all goes well, FX is hoping to get it on the air in 2014.

Meanwhile, Shyamalan's next big-screen foray, After Earth, arrives in June, and we're sure he's hoping that the post-apocalyptic epic, which stars the father and son team of Will and Jaden Smith, will put the director back on top after misfires like Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender.

Has M. Night lost all his credibility at this point, or do you think this spooky-sounding series could be the career game-changer he needs?

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