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Wayward Pines Gets First Trailer

Finally, the long-awaited adaption of Blake Couch’s 2012 novel Wayward Pines gets its first trailer.

Looks chilling, and it’s no surprise because Wayward Pines’ first episode is directed by the suspense auteur M.Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), yes I know the name will drive many viewers automatically away, but the trailer does look promising and so does the cast. Wayward Pines is led by Oscar nominee Matt Dillon with support  from the likes of Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow), Siobhan Fallon (Forrest Gump), Toby Jones (The Mist), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

You may notice that this cast will be extremely familiar with the thriller genre. Their performances in the past all include familiar roles of unnerving characters and fragile minds. It fits perfectly with the cult classic Twin Peaks’ vibe which we are getting from the series already, with the small town problems, FBI agents, tall trees, weird folk, and supernatural entities that are rumoured to appear later on in the series.

Wayward Pines follows a Secret Service agent who heads to the relatively quiet town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Sounds not only like Twin Peaks but also a tad of Shutter Island thrown in, with the agent who cannot escape. For those who have read the book, it is expected to keep pretty close to the narrative although some parts have been changed, in part due to a new writer, Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club); he has apparently got his own ideas of where the story should go.

Matt Dillon and Juliette Lewis share a moment during a scene.

For those who are worried that Wayward Pines is not going to be worthy of  your time, then an early, promising sign is that the series has cut a deal with Fox International Channels (FIC), Fox Broadcasting Company, and FX Productions, who have all agreed for a worldwide ten episode run of the new show. That means 125 countries, all aired on FOX. Rarely do both international channels buy both sales and broadcasting rights that cover such vast territories. Promising signs indeed.

“This series has all the makings of an international hit -— a spectacular, world-renowned cast, thrills crafted by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, and a global Fox launch platform reaching more than 350 million viewers,” said Hernan Lopez, president and CEO of FIC in a statement. “We are also excited by the early interest the show is generating with potential buyers, and confident that these partnerships will amplify the scale and impact the series will have around the world.”

It seems FOX isn’t holding back on the marketing of the series either, as a “First Look,” capturing behind the scenes footage of the creepy town has been released. Check it out below.

So if you liked the two doses of footage, and have loved watching TV series such as Lost, X-Files, Twin Peaks, or Heroes – then Wayward Pines might be the supernatural thriller to look out for. The series is due to air in the 2014/15 period, so probably starting early December.

Let me know below if you’re excited about this one.