No, you’re not hallucinating. Variety is reporting that Shyamalan and Family Guy writer/producer Alex Carter are developing a cartoon comedy for TV. Titled Eleven Little Indians, this promising sounding project will look at three branches of a large Indian family. Considering that South Asian characters are still in remarkably short supply on broadcast TV (streaming’s been better), a program like this feels overdue. Well, unless it sucks. In which case it’ll feel more like a squandered opportunity than anything else.
In case you’ve missed it, M. Night Shyamalan has had a bit of a resurgence of late. Flops like The Last Airbender and After Earth sure as sugar didn’t help the director’s reputation, but his 2015 budget horror gem The Visit was a surprise hit last year and his new film Split has scored some of his best reviews since Signs. Shyamalan has also gotten into a nice groove with TV stuff as an executive producer/director for the gleefully batsh*t crazy Wayward Pines and he’s the man tapped to bring us into a new era of Tales From The Crypt. If you’ve ever been sheepish about your Shyamalanafandom, now’s the time to feel less weird about it.
No word yet on the arrival date for Eleven Little Indians or much else outside news of its existence. Shyamalan and Carter will be joined on the project by Ashwin Rajan, the man that runs Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures. This industry news should give you plenty of time to come up with a number of “twist” gags when/if Eleven Little Indians arrives on your TV.