M. Night Shyamalan's been a bit of a punching bag at the movies for quite some time now, so this spring he's giving the small screen a try with Wayward Pines, an event series adapted from Blake Crouch's novel The Pines and developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club). Shyamalan, who serves as the series' executive producer, also directed the pilot episode of the show, which stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent who arrives in a mysterious town after a car crash and finds that the idyllic Wayward Pines is hiding something dark.
Early marketing for the series drew its own comparisons between the show and David Lynch's cult classic Twin Peaks, and the trailers have certainly embraced that, playing up the juxtaposition of small-town niceness and something sinister lurking beneath the often cloying pleasantness of the community. You've got Terrence Howard as an evangelizing, ice-cream-eating sheriff, Melissa Leo as a nurse who believes passionately in the town's communally recited mantra, Carla Gugino as a fellow Secret Service agent who's been pulled into the town's culture and can't leave, and a host of others, including Juliette Lewis, Toby Jones and Reed Diamond. It's all satisfyingly creepy in trailer form, but is it laying the Twin Peaks vibe on a little too thick, and will it work for 10 hours on TV?
The lengthy first trailer for the series played heavily on the "you can't leave" aspects of the show's mythology, and now a new trailer is here to ramp up the intensity with violent images, quick cuts and new footage of Howard holding the town in his thrall. Plus, Dillon follows the town's rule of always answering the phone and gets a dark order on the other end of the line. Check it out:
Wayward Pines premieres May 14 at 9/8C on FOX.