NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Laura Palmer is rolling over in her plastic wrap: Fox is developing “Wayward Pines,” a “Twin Peaks”-like, ten-to-twelve episode series from M. Night Shyamalan, the network announced Tuesday.
Fox is also developing another limited-run series called “Blood Brothers” from producers for “Band of Brothers,” “The Glades,” and “Touched.”
Fox is calling both series “long-form event series,” meaning they are longer than traditional miniseries but aren’t planned as ongoing series. Fox will announce its first event series pilot pickups later this year, with plans to debut them in 2014.
“With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans, ‘Wayward Pines’ and ‘Blood Brothers’ represent exactly the kind of high-impact, 10- to 12-part events we set out to develop when we entered the limited series business,” said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment for Fox. “These two series are the first of many big ideas, big names and big talent that you can anticipate will be on our air in the next 12-24 months.”
Based on the best-selling novel, “Pines,” by Blake Crouch, Pines is described by Fox as an “intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit ‘Twin Peaks.’” It finds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arriving in bucolic Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two missing federal agents. Would you believe he uncovers more mysteries along the way?
The project is based on a spec script written by Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club”) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line (“Green Lantern,” “The Italian Job”) and Ashwin Rajan (“After Earth”).
“Blood Brothers,” meanwhile, is billed as the true story of the West Point Class of 1861. It follows comrades who find themselves on opposite of the Civil War. The project is written and executive produced by Bruce C. McKenna (“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific”) and also executive produced by Gary Randall (“The Glades,” “Saving Grace”) and Timothy Scott Bogart (“Majors & Minors,” “Touched”). It comes from Boardwalk Entertainment Group and Fox Television Studios.