Since breaking out with 1999’s The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan has seen a series of diminishing returns on each of his subsequent movies. He bottomed out with 2010’s The Last Airbender, which even fans of the cartoon it’s based on disdained in droves. As it might be time for a change of pace, SyFy has announced that Shyamalan will be developing a show called Proof for their channel. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the show “centers on the son of a billionaire tech genius who, following an accident that claims his parents’ lives, offers a large reward for anyone who can find proof of life after death;’ that said, we all know there’s got to be some mysterious twist that won’t be announced. (I feel cynical presuming such a plot device on Shyamalan’s part, but it’s been a staple of literally every movie he’s ever made.)
So! What are we taking bets on? His parents aren’t dead after all, but manipulating their son’s slow descent into insanity from behind the scenes. Or maybe it turns out the billionaire has been dead all along, and it’s his parents who are looking of proof of his life after death. Or maybe… actually, that sounds like a solid guess for something to close out season 1. Shyamalan will co-write the show with Buffy the Vampire Slayer producer Martin Noxon, and he may direct.