Love his work or hate it (I love it), most sci-fi movie fans have heard of M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs). And even if they haven’t heard of writer/producer Marti Noxon, they have heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, two of her former gigs. Now Syfy has announced that it is teaming with Mr. Shyamalan and Ms. Noxon on a new pilot entitled Proof. Here are the details:
August 03, 2012
SYFY, MARTI NOXON, M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN AND UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS TEAM FOR
NOXON AND SHYAMALAN TO CO-WRITE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCE
SHYAMALAN TO DIRECT
NEW YORK – August 3, 2012 – Syfy has finalized a deal with feature filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and television Executive Producer/Showrunner Marti Noxon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Fright Night) to produce the scripted pilot project Proof, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head Original Content, Universal Cable Productions.
Shyamalan and Noxon will co-write the project and serve as Executive Producers. Ashwin Rajan, who heads Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge label, will also serve as Executive Producer. Shyamalan intends to direct the pilot and Universal Cable Productions will produce.
Shyamalan recently wrapped After Earth starring Will and Jaden Smith for Sony Pictures. Proof marks his first foray into scripted television.
Noxon is currently scripting the film adaptation of The Glass Castle for producer Gil Netter and Lionsgate.
In Proof, after the tragic accident and sudden death of his parents, the son of a billionaire tech genius offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death.
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces Covert Affairs, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight, Psych, Royal Pains and Suits for USA; Alphas, Defiance, Eureka and Warehouse 13 for Syfy. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
As ever, I am hopeful that it will be excellent and that it will be greenlit for series. It’s early days yet. We’ll keep you posted!