EXCLUSIVE: In his first foray into network television, The Sixth Sense writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has teamed with Eagle Eye writer John Glenn for a drama project, which landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Titled Lost Horizon, the project hails from Sony Pictures TV and Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures.
The premise is being kept under wraps but I hear Lost Horizon revolves around a small fishing village on the East Coast. It is being described as a modern-day Moby Dick, dealing with obsession and the unknown, themes that are often reflected in Shyamalan’s movies. Shyamalan is attached to direct the potential pilot, which will be written by Glenn. The duo, brought together by WME, which reps them, will executive produce. At Blinding Edge Pictures, the project is overseen by Ashwin Rajan.
Shyamalan, also repped by lawyers Stephen Breimer and Marc Glick, has been active in TV for the past couple of months — his first scripted project, Proof, which he is co-writing with Marti Noxon and may direct, received a put pilot commitment from cable network Syfy in August. On the feature side, he recently wrapped Sony’s futuristic drama After Earth starring Will and Jaden Smith, which is slated for a tentpole release next summer.
For Glenn, Lost Horizon also is the second series project sold in the past few months. He is writing/executive producing a modern-day Hatfields and McCoys drama executive produced by Charlize Theron and Dawn Olmstead, which also is set up at NBC with a significant penalty. ABC Studios is producing. On the feature side, Glenn, who is with manager Brian Lutz and attorney Warren Dern, is writing sci-fi thriller Abducted for Paramount Pictures.
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