It isn't clear how many seasons of Stranger Things are planned at this point, but after the first run of episodes proved to be such a big hit, plenty of well known talent have fawned over the Netflix thriller. And there are quite a few who have clamored to come aboard in some way, shape or form. Now, M. Night Shyamalan is throwing his hat in the ring, saying he wants to direct an episode for Stranger Things Season 2.
Would it be possible for a single episode of Stranger Things to end with an M. Night Shyamalan twist? Perhaps. But if M. Night were to sign on for an episode or two, he'd be going to work for two old employees who used to work under him.
Before Stranger Things became the small screen phenomenon of 2016, The Duffer Bros., who created and wrote the series, directing several episodes, used to work for Shyamalan on the Fox thriller WayWard Pines, which M. Night produced. In fact, it was their first TV series. Now, M. Night is looking for them to repay the favor.
Shyamalan has been out and about promoting his latest movie, the psychological horror thriller Split. He discussed his love for Stranger Things with Digital Spy, and admitted that he wants to participate in the ongoing series, which returns with all-new episodes this summer. About reuniting with the Duffer Bros., he said this.
"My boys who do Stranger Things, they did Wayward Pines for me. They were round my house and I was like, 'Well, you can hire me back guys!'"
After a string of box office flops, M. Night Shyamalan has been on a quiet comeback tour that included the show Wayward Pines and the found footage thriller The Visit. He is also working on a bunch of other shows that include the horror anthology reboot Tales from the Crypt. About that series, he says this.
"I really want to do that and hopefully I still will, but it's hugely complicated. 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."
Stranger Things Season 2 has been shooting since the end of last summer, and the new episodes will be wrapping soon. It's doubtful M. Night will come on this late in the game. But perhaps he can direct an episode for Season 3. And maybe the Duffer Bros. will pop over for an episode of Tales From the Crypt, if and when that show finally gets off the ground. M. Night's Split is in theaters this weekend.