Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment for the FOX Broadcasting Company, has had a big day. Having already announced that 'Bones' is being renewed for a ninth season, Reilly since announced FOX's development of two new longform event series, 'Wayward Pines' and 'Blood Brothers.'
'Wayward Pines' comes from M. Night Shyamalan (writer and director of 'The Happening' and 'The Last Airbender') alongside Chad Hodge. 'Pines' is said to be an intense, mind-bending thriller in the vein of the cult classic series 'Twin Peaks.' Those are some big shoes to fill. Shyamalan's series is being adapted from the novel "Pines" by Blake Crouch. FOX's release adds the following: "Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive."
'Blood Brothers' stems from the pitch of Bruce C. McKenna ('The Pacific') with Gary Randall. The series is premised on the true story of the West Point Class of 1861. From the FOX release: "As the bitterly divided country tore itself apart over the issue of slavery, the West Point Brotherhood broke apart. Best friends, bonded in the intense crucible of the Academy, found themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that quickly became the bloodiest in U.S. history. For four violent years, these former comrades fought directly against each other, even as many of them rose from lowly second lieutenants to field generals. Throughout the conflict, however, they never lost their love and esteem for each other, which often resulted in many acts of kindness that stretched across enemy lines. Some died; others were broken by the conflict. But every one of the Brothers was utterly changed by a war that not only redefined America, but which still resonates today."
'Blood Brothers' is being written and executive produced by McKenna himself.
"With top-notch auspices and feature-quality production plans," Kevin Reilly explained, "'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. 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."
Do either of these longform event series intrigue you? Which do you most want to see?