The place be­yond the pines

More info bites from the last town stand­ing…

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Like a Sur­geon

“We came up with this idea that our pro­tag­o­nist is a sur­geon,” says author Blake Crouch of Ja­son Pa­tric’s hero, “swept out of his world, out of our world, as all the [ peo­ple] of Way­ward Pines are. What’s in­ter­est­ing about hav­ing him be a sur­geon in Way­ward Pines is that when we en­counter this town again at the be­gin­ning of sea­son two, it’s miss­ing a doc­tor in a very real way. Be­cause things are not work­ing, things are go­ing wrong. He comes and he gets very much in­volved in the fu­ture of where Way­ward Pines is head­ing.”

Big Screen, Lit­tle Screen

“None of us had done a TV show be­fore,” says M Night Shya­malan. “Al­most all of us – from Blake to Matt [ Dil­lon] to Melissa [ Leo] to every­body… We bring a lot of film value sys­tems to the ta­ble, and we re­ally give a lot of con­trol to the di­rec­tors as well, to bring cin­ema to the ta­ble and cus­tomise that ap­proach. The hope is that you’ll be switch­ing chan­nels and sud­denly the frames you’ll be see­ing will be slightly dif­fer­ent. It’s com­ing from a slightly dif­fer­ent aes­thetic that will hope­fully re­mind you of cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ences that you’ve had.”

Play­ing the Game

“Yes, there was a sci- fi genre el­e­ment to it,” says Don­ald De Line of Way­ward Pines’ first sea­son. “But my opin­ion is that all the best sci­ence fic­tion re­ally works when it comes from a place of char­ac­ter. Where the world is grounded in the sci­ence fic­tion of it all. The rules of the world have been firmly es­tab­lished, and so my job was to build on that. I have th­ese pieces I can move around the board in an in­ter­est­ing way, but it’s all still in­side a world with a fence.”

Mad sci­ence

“One of the things that at­tracted me to the show was it was in a lot of gen­res at dif­fer­ent times,” says De Line, who joins

Way­ward Pines in its sec­ond sea­son. “I con­sider this the next chap­ter in the story. Where it con­tin­ues from the first chap­ter but there are new el­e­ments. So it’s kind of a hy­brid. It will ap­peal to peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in the ro­mance, the ac­tion and the eth­i­cal dilem­mas. There are peo­ple who thought Pilcher was a mad­man, and there are peo­ple who thought Pilcher did ex­actly what he needed to do. That’s some­thing we want to sus­tain for the sec­ond sea­son.”

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