Quick List: M. Night Shyamalan’s films in order of best to worst: 1. The Sixth Sense, 2. Unbreakable, 3. Signs, 4. The Village, 5. Lady in the Water, 6. The Happening, and 7. The Last Airbender. You notice a trend? Besides the fact that the last good movie he made was Unbreakable, notice also that the list is also in chronological order from oldest to the most recent. His films have gotten increasingly awful. What’s left? Television, of course!
Having gone just about as low as he can go in the movie world with The Last Airbender, a movie where there were reports of people clapping AT THE PEOPLE WALKING OUT OF THE THEATER, M. Night Shyamalan has decided to take his ball and smash it through your television sets. According to TVLine, M. Night has gotten a put-pilot commitment for a drama called Proof (a put-pilot committment is an agreement whereby the network agrees to air the pilot or face substantial penalties, virtually guaranteeing that the pilot will air). He will exec produce the show, and he co-wrote the pilot with Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
What’s it about? Via TVLine:
The project — which marks Shyamalan’s first stab at scripted television — follows the son of a billionaire tech genius who, after the unexpected passing of his parents, offers up a big financial reward to anyone who can find proof of life after death.
How do you serialize a show like that? Will it be procedural-like, where each episode follows a different person or persons tracking down proof of the afterlife? It sounds like a scripted version of Ghost Hunters, which makes sense because Ghost Hunters (and its spin-offs) are probably the most successful shows on the SyFy network.
Given the way Shyamalan’s oeuvre has rapidly dropped off, I’m sure that Proof will also feel right at home among SyFy’s original movies, like Dinocroc vs. Supergator, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, Piranhaconda, and Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
Speaking of Jersey Shore Shark Attack, check out the pull quote on the bottom of the DVD cover: Some dumbass called it the “Best Film of the Summer.”