The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has landed Matt Dillon and Melissa Leo for a spooky venture into Tv.

The moviemaker is teaming with the There's Something About Mary star for a new small screen series called Wayward Pines, about a secret service agent, played by Dillon, who heads to a strange town to investigate the disappearance of two federal agents.

Oscar-winning actress Leo will join Dillon, playing a nurse in the Tv thriller, which has been commissioned by executives at America's Fox network ahead of a planned 2014 broadcast date.

Shyamalan will direct the show and act as executive producer.