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Television, once seen as inferior to the stories of the silver screen, has become the hotspot for innovative plotlines and new cult favorites. These filmmakers are now turning to television for their latest creations. A few weeks ago, we rounded up the directors coming to the small screen in 2014, but it seems we spoke too soon, because there are so many more big names coming to your TV set this year now.
Guillermo del Toro
Based on the popular novel he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, Guillermo del Toro's new series tackles vampires like few others can. Del Toro is best known for his films Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, as well as for being a notorious horror flick junkie. This is not his first venture into television; he previously wrote and directed several episodes of Hora Marcado, a horror/drama television series in Mexico. Though he's only put out a teaser, expectations are high.
Fresh off his Golden Globe win for Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón brings us Believe, a series he created for NBC. The project, which does not yet boast a release date, is also produced by J.J. Abrams. Like del Toro, he too wrote and directed episodes of Hora Marcado. With an interesting storyline sure to twist every which way, it looks like Believe may give us something to believe in.
Danny Boyle has done it all, from musicals to the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and now television. The series premieres on British television on February 9th as a TV movie, with more episodes to follow later this year. Babylon shadows a police department trying to improve its image after a scandal. Boyle's style is definitely present, but as always, he makes his actors shine through. With anglophilia growing on this side of the pond, let's hope we'll get to see it soon, as well.
M. Night Shyamalan
This is the first time that M. Night Shyamalan is directing something he did not write himself. The series follows a Secret Service agent in search of two missing agents in a sleepy Idaho town. Shyamalan, who directs the pilot, is an executive producer on the project. Due to premiere soon on Fox, Wayward Pines features some big names, like Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, and Terrence Howard. The creepy nature of the show, combined with the isolation of the town echo themes in Shyamalan's work, leading us to believe this is a perfect fit.
David O. Russell
The man who brought us I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, American Hustle, and many more great films will bring us a new television series this fall. Already contracted for thirteen episodes, the series will reportedly take place at a country club, with an updated Downton Abbey-esque power dynamic.