Reel TV: M. Night Shyamalan Looks for Proof of an Afterlife on Syfy

Reel TV: M. Night Shyamalan Looks for Proof of an Afterlife on Syfy

Aug 07, 2012

In 2004 the Syfy channel aired The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan, a documentary that purported to be an unauthorized biography of the director of Signs and The Sixth Sense. It was an elaborate affair that was supposed to reveal the madness behind Shyamalan's directorial gifts, even going so far as to interview famous people like Johnny Depp to attest to the "notoriously secretive" filmmaker's quirks. Of course, it was all complete nonsense and ended up being nothing more than a marketing stunt for The Village. People hated it outright and Shyamalan hasn't done any scripted TV work since then.

Now, nearly a decade later, Shyamalan is once again teaming up with the Syfy channel, only this time they're being upfront about the collaboration. It's for a new show called Proof, and Shyamalan is expected to cowrite the pilot, executive produce the series and potentially direct a few episodes as well. As for what it's about, The Wrap says it will, "center around the son of a tech magnate who offers a reward for anyone who can provide proof of an afterlife, after his parents die in a tragic accident."

So far Shyamalan's deal is for a put-pilot, which still means it's not greenlit as a series just yet, but unlike most pilots trying to make it to air, the network will actually have to pay penalties if it doesn't air the pilot. So, at the very least, there should be at least one episode of a Shyamalan-conceived show on TV next year (unless it's so bad Syfy would rather pay the penalties and keep it on a shelf). And on top of that incentive, one of his coproducers on the venture is the great Marti Noxon (Buffy, Angel, Mad Men), so safe money says Proof does end up graduating from pilot to series before too long.

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