M. Night Shyamalan has met with FOX about Wayward Pines season 3. The writer-director is known primarily for his acclaimed horror/thriller movies such as Signs and The Sixth Sense, as well as his various critical duds such as The Happening and The Last Airbender, though many people may not know that he's also dabbled in television. In 2013, Shyamalan worked alongside The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge to adapt Black Crouch's The Wayward Pines book trilogy onto the small screen, which premiered in 2015.
The first five episodes of season 1 had adapted Crouch's first novel, Pines, with the back five episodes adapting the latter two novels: Wayward and The Last Town. FOX had initially planned for the series to conclude after a single 10-episode season, though they had surprisingly renewed the series in 2015 -- despite the season 1 finale being billed as the series finale -- with almost an entire new cast and crew joining the fold in season 2. In addition to virtually all the main cast members -- such as Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, and Terence Howard -- moving onto other projects, Hodge had stepped down as showrunner, with Mark Friedman taking over his duties for season 2.
Since Crouch's trilogy had been adapted in season 1, Wayward Pines season 2 was almost entirely based on original ideas, and that will also be the case for season 3, should FOX renew the series. During the network's summer TCA presentation today, FOX president David Madden told the press that he and CEO Dana Walden had spoken to Shyamalan about renewing the show.
“M. Night has talked to both Dana [Walden] and me recently about the possibilities of what a third season could be.”
Although Madden didn't reveal what those possibilities could be, the fact that the network's top two executives have spoken with the acclaimed writer-director means that they are at least open to the idea of Wayward Pines season 3. For fans of the show that felt the second season had ended on a cliffhanger (with the townspeople re-entering cryo suspension for another few thousand years), knowing that FOX is considering renewing the show is good news.
If there happens to be another season of Wayward Pines, questions about who will return for the series will arise. Since the series wasn't given a consecutive renewal, it's possible that many, if not all, of the cast members had moved onto other projects, just as the main cast from the first season had done when the network renewed the series for its second season. At this point, though, they are still in early talks with Shyamalan about the possibility of Wayward Pines season 3, so nothing is set in stone yet.
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