M. Night Shyamalan. The once fan-favourite director of such hits as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable has fallen from grace so badly and become such a punchline in Hollywood, that this is actually the first time in ages that I’ve actually typed out his actual name in an article instead of sticking to our running gag of coming up with comical nom de plumes for him. But it may just be time to take M. Night Lamb Shawarma (sorry, couldn’t resist) seriously again with Wayward Pines.
The upcoming 10-episode event series appears to be shaping up to possibly be this generation’s Twin Peaks – a comparison that the director himself admitted to recently – and with this new trailer, the similarities between Wayward Pines and David Lynch’s cult classic 90’s TV drama is stacked up even higher, as Matt Dillon’s floundering FBI Agent is led further down this completely twisted rabbit hole. We also get a good look at the rest of series’ superb cast in Carla Gugino, Terence Howard, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis and more, with all of them cranking up the creep factor to the point where even rum and raisin ice cream sounds ominous.
Imagine the perfect American town, beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets…Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines.
Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Matt Dillon) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino,) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.
Everything changes when a truck slams into his car…and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Melissa Leo) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.
Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?
Wayward Pines is set for release on US TV screens on May 14, 2015.
Last Updated: February 24, 2015