Apple Shares M. Night Shyamalan 'Ask Me Anything' Video Highlighting 'Servant'

To highlight the launch of the second season of Apple TV+ show "Servant," series producer M. Night Shyamalan today did an hour-long video-based "Ask Me Anything" chat with Reddit users, which Apple has now shared on its YouTube channel.


In addition to serving as producer on "Servant," Shyamalan has also directed three of the episodes to date, and in the AMA, he covered questions about the series and shared details about working with Apple.

When choosing a home for "Servant," Shyamalan said that he considered other streaming companies and held meetings with them, but Apple felt like the right place to him because it was a new service and he felt that he could be a part of "defining" a streaming service like David Fincher did with Netflix's "House of Cards."

I used to say, if Apple ever did something, that's a company I really respect. This was five, six years ago. And when Servant came along and we were going to go out into the marketplace, Apple was just deciding to go into this space of streaming. [...]

I remember the day we went to the Apple meeting. I got out of the car and I went "Please let this go well, this is the one that I want to go well." They were so lovely and gracious and said wonderful things about my previous storytelling and these scripts that we showed them. When I walked out into the parking lot, I turned to my agent, and I said "That's it, that's where we need to be. Make that happen, no matter what."

Maybe it's the legacy of Steve Jobs, maybe it's the company's kind of value system of kind of simplicity and creativity and originality. I read into it a spirituality about them... about maybe what Steve Jobs believed in, a kind of believing in bigger things.

Shyamalan went on to say that it's been "wonderful" growing with Apple, with viewership of season 2 of "Servant" exploding. He also said that Apple trusted Shyamalan on scripts, and when something wasn't understood, they would trust him anyway on the result.

Four episodes of "Servant" season 2 have aired to date, with another set to come out on Friday. Shyamlan's full AMA on the series can be watched in the YouTube video above.

Top Rated Comments

Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
22 months ago
[HEADING=1]Ask me anything.[/HEADING]

Is the next Mac M1X or M2?
Well, you did say anything...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Laura Vavreges Avatar
22 months ago
I wonder if anyone asked him if he felt like a whore when filming all the Apple product placement shots.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alfonsog Avatar
22 months ago
I slowly watched the first season. I don't binge; I like the weekly releases. I haven't started season 2 yet though since I spent the last 6 months watching Schitt's Creek but just finished it. Now that one took 3 seasons to get decent but my best friend made me watch it; I would have given up.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
22 months ago
Fantastic show. Waiting for a while to watch season 2 as only finished the first season around Christmas after digesting it slowly over the last year.
Product placement worked fine, made sense in context (even the HomePod - it would probably seem slightly incongruous anywhere in that house…).
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dontwalkhand Avatar
22 months ago

Fantastic show. Waiting for a while to watch season 2 as only finished the first season around Christmas after digesting it slowly over the last year.
Product placement worked fine, made sense in context (even the HomePod - it would probably seem slightly incongruous anywhere in that house…).
They need to put a HomePod mini in "Jericho's" room and one in LeAnne's attic room so you can use Intercom.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Doctor Q Avatar
22 months ago
I liked this AMA.

It's fun to see his enthusiasm about his projects and his willingness to engage with followers, and to hear some back-room fun facts about the show, such as the fact that the kitchen is a working kitchen.

I haven't always liked his past work, but it's enlightening to hear his view of his own career and approach to storytelling.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

Original iPhone Twitter

Today Marks 15 Years Since Steve Jobs Unveiled the Original iPhone

Sunday January 9, 2022 7:00 am PST by
Today is January 9, which means it's been 15 years since Apple CEO Steve Jobs stood on stage at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, California and gave the world its first look at the iPhone, a device that would go on to change everything. The original iPhone was a tiny little thing with a 3.5-inch LCD display, a plain old Home button, a thick chassis, huge bezels, a Samsung processor, and a ...
for all mankind apple tv plus

'For All Mankind' Season 4 May Have Already Been Signed Off By Apple, Writers Guild Suggests

Wednesday July 28, 2021 1:22 am PDT by
Popular Apple TV+ show "For All Mankind" is currently shooting its third season, but Apple may have already authorized a fourth season of the drama, if information on an updated Writers Guild of America (WGA) webpage is accurate. First spotted by Space Explored on Tuesday, the updated webpage contains a listing for season four of the show that suggests everyone currently involved in season...
steve jobs next

25 Years Ago, Apple Acquired NeXT and Brought Back Steve Jobs

Wednesday December 22, 2021 10:12 am PST by
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Apple announcing that it had agreed to acquire NeXT for $400 million. The stunning move brought Steve Jobs back to Apple over a decade after he left the company following an internal power struggle. "The acquisition of NeXT is the start of a new chapter in Apple's history and represents a milestone in our transformation as a corporation," said former...
Steve Jobs garage

Today Marks Steve Jobs' 67th Birthday as MacRumors Turns 22

Thursday February 24, 2022 4:46 am PST by
Born on February 24, 1955, if Steve Jobs were alive today, he would celebrate his 67th birthday. Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, tragically died in 2011 after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was just 56. Apple under Jobs unarguably changed the world, from the launch of the very first Apple computer in 1976 to the launch of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Jobs founded and ran...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Subscribers Who Join for Major Releases Like 'Greyhound' Don't Stick Around

Monday January 31, 2022 1:26 pm PST by
The release of popular Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound" saw a major jump in Apple TV+ subscribers when it launched, but most of those subscribers did not stick around, according to data compiled by subscriber measurement service Antenna and shared by The Wall Street Journal. Apple TV+ saw around 60,000 sign-ups when Greyhound was released on July 10, 2020, with that number not counting those who...
maxresdefault

Humorous New Ad Highlights Apple TV+'s Biggest Stars… Except Jon Hamm

Friday January 21, 2022 11:23 am PST by
Apple TV+ today shared a humorous new ad called "Everyone but Jon Hamm" that is set to air during NFL playoff games this weekend, according to Adweek. In the ad, actor Jon Hamm sits in a lavish home and scrolls through Apple TV+ while humorously complaining about how Apple's original TV shows and films feature numerous big-name celebrities, except for himself. Hamm refers to many stars...
foundation season 2

Apple TV+ Shares First Look at 'Foundation' Season 2 With New Cast Member Reveal

Tuesday February 1, 2022 9:58 am PST by
Apple today shared a first look at the second season of popular science fiction show "Foundation," which is based on Isaac Asimov's classic book series. The show focuses on four crucial individuals as they transcend space and time to overcome deadly crises, shifting loyalties, and complicated relationships that will determine the fate of humanity. "Foundation" was renewed for a second...
steve jobs holding iphone 4

Steve Jobs Once Tossed the Original iPhone Across a Room to Impress Journalists

Sunday October 3, 2021 8:13 pm PDT by
Tuesday marks 10 years since Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, and those who met him have begun to share stories about his life. CNET's Roger Cheng today recounted his memory of Jobs visiting The Wall Street Journal's headquarters in New York to offer him and a small group of other reporters an early look at a prototype iPhone, shortly after the device was unveiled in 2007. Cheng...

Popular Stories

ipad pro m1 feature

Gurman: Apple Event This October Remains Unlikely, No Touch ID for iPhone 15

Sunday October 2, 2022 6:41 am PDT by
Apple is developing new iPad Pro, Mac, and Apple TV models, and at least some of these products will be released in October, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. However, Gurman continues to believe that Apple is unlikely to hold an event this month. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said "the big iPhone 14 unveiling last month was probably it for Apple in 2022 in...
maxresdefault

Apple Responds to Video Testing Crash Detection Feature With Junkyard Vehicles

Friday September 30, 2022 9:11 am PDT by
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern recently traveled to Michigan to test Apple's new crash detection feature on the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Ultra. In response, Apple provided some additional information about how the feature works. Stern recruited Michael Barabe to crash his demolition derby car with a heavy-duty steel frame into two unoccupied vehicles parked in a junkyard — a 2003...
Hero0005

Best Apple Deals of the Week: M2 MacBook Air Hits New All-Time Low Price at $1,049, Plus Sales on AirPods Pro and More

Friday September 30, 2022 9:05 am PDT by
This week's best Apple deals focus on the AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and M2 MacBook Air, including numerous all-time low prices on these devices. You'll also find up to 50 percent off discounts on Anker and Eufy accessories on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us...
Apple SIM Card

Apple SIM No Longer Available for Activating New Cellular Data Plans on iPads

Sunday October 2, 2022 8:04 am PDT by
As of October 1, Apple SIM is no longer available for activating new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to an Apple support document. Introduced in 2014, the Apple SIM was designed to allow iPad users to activate cellular data plans from multiple carriers around the world. Initially, the Apple SIM was a physical nano-SIM card, but it was embedded inside later iPad Pro...
iphone 14 pro max vs 13 max 2

Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

Thursday September 29, 2022 7:44 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine. We've spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison that pits the new iPhone 14 Pro Max against the prior-generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see just how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be. Subscrib ...
iOS 16 Wallpaper Spectrum Feature

Five Wallpaper Apps to Check Out for iOS 16's New Lock Screen Depth Effect

Thursday September 29, 2022 9:08 am PDT by
One of the biggest new features in iOS 16 is a completely redesigned iPhone Lock Screen. The new Lock Screen is entirely customizable, letting you change the colors and fonts, add widgets and new wallpapers, and more to make your iPhone uniquely yours. Of course, even before iOS 16, you could customize your Lock Screen with a wallpaper of your choice. iOS 16 takes the Lock Screen wallpaper...
top stories 1oct2022

Top Stories: Stage Manager Expands to Older iPad Pro Models, No October Apple Event?

Saturday October 1, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
While we had been expecting a follow-up October Apple event focused on Mac and iPad announcements, it sounds like we might not be getting another event after all. Instead, the pending updates in those product segments could be considered minor enough that they may be announced via press releases. It wasn't all bad news, however, with Apple announcing that it will be expanding an on-device...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.0.3 With More Bug Fixes Following iPhone 14 Launch

Monday October 3, 2022 7:53 am PDT by
iOS 16.0.2 was released last month with several bug fixes for iPhone 14 issues, excessive copy and paste permission prompts, and more. Now, evidence suggests that Apple is planning to release iOS 16.0.3 with additional bug fixes. Evidence of an upcoming iOS 16.0.3 software update has shown up in MacRumors analytics logs, which have been a reliable indicator in the past. There are several...
dynamic island alan dye

Apple Executives Talk About iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island in New Interview

Sunday October 2, 2022 10:48 am PDT by
In a new interview, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, and Apple's vice president of human interface design, Alan Dye, sat down to discuss the thinking behind the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island and how it was developed. During the interview with the Japanese magazine Axis, Federighi, who oversees the development of iOS, said Dynamic Island represents the...