With the release of the tense psychological horror film “Split,” starring James McAvoy, M. Night Shyamalan has a lot of positive buzz surrounding him. “Stranger Things” is a Netflix horror series with nothing but positive buzz surrounding it as it moves into its second season. As he revealed in a chat with Digital Spy, buzzworthy Shyamalan hopes that he’ll get a shot at directing for the buzzworthy series.
After all, “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer previously wrote for Shyamalan’s television series “Wayward Pines.” Since they got their big break on a Shyamalan TV show, the director — most known for the films “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs” — hopes the Duffers will return the favor and let him direct an episode or two of the second season.
“My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me,” said Shyamalan. “They were round my house and I was like, ‘Well, you can hire me back guys!'”
But even if Shyamalan doesn’t make a trip to the Upsidedown, he still has plenty of other TV projects in the works — like a new “Tales from the Crypt.” That series has, however, hit a bit of a delay due to rights and budget issues.
“I really want to do [‘Tales from the Crypt’] and hopefully I still will, but it’s hugely complicated,” said Shyamalan. “It’s particularly difficult because of the rights issues. There are so many estates involved and people involved from the original… I love the comics [which inspired the original series] — that show was a big deal to me… it was taboo, it was like porn! In my immigrant house, I had to go to my friend’s house to watch ‘Tales from the Crypt,’ so it represented a huge thing for me.”
Set in the 1980s, the first season of “Stranger Things” followed the family and friends of Will Byers, a boy who disappears one rainy night in the fictional small town of Hawkins, Indiana. As the search for Will goes on, the townspeople begin to unravel a series of mysteries involving secret government experiments, supernatural forces and a strange little girl.
Details of the second season have been kept largely under wraps, but we do know the episode titles thanks to a teaser video.
Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, the first season of “Stranger Things” is available on Netflix. The he second season is slated for release in 2017.
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