Rod Serling Planet of the Apes Comic Book

Over the past decade we’ve been lucky enough to experience one of the best sci-fi trilogies in recent memory in the form of the Planet of the Apes prequel franchise that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, continued with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and recently concluded (at least for the time being) with War for the Planet of the Apes. But there is one old Planet of the Apes story that we’ve yet to see.

Before Planet of the Apes hit the big screen in 1968, it was first a script written by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling that adapted Pierre Boulle’s novel. Instead of being set in a more primitive village, the original story would have unfolded in a modern city filled with apes in a sort of satire of contemporary life. It didn’t move forward in this form because it would have been too expensive, but soon we’ll be able to see the Rod Serling Planet of the Apes script in comic book form. Read More »

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Disney is developing a movie based on the popular theme park ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The accelerated drop tower dark ride, which appears in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea in Japan, and Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, seems like an obvious movie property. Find out what producers and writers are involved in the new Tower of Terror movie adaptation after the jump.

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Nearly forty years after his 1975 death, few names in genre circles carry the same weight as Rod Serling. The writer/producer/host created a cornerstone of the modern age of television with The Twilight Zone, and his approach to storytelling echoes today. (Sadly, his best tendencies are rarely emulated, but that’s the way it goes.)

Now J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have made a deal with the Serling estate to develop one of his lingering unproduced screenplays as a television mini-series — sorry, “event series.” The Stops Along the Way is described by Serling’s widow Carol Serling as “one of my husband’s favorite pieces,” and the story is one that Abrams has wanted to tackle for some time, and has been a focus of his long discussions with the Serling estate. Read More »

Two projects based on world-famous properties you probably loved growing up are inching just a little bit closer to the big screen. MGM has tapped Todd Berger to adapt Martin Handford‘s children’s book series Where’s Waldo? into a feature, while over at Warner Bros., Invictus and Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham has entered talks to do a rewrite of Matt ReevesThe Twilight Zone. More details after the jump.

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Warner Bros. has settled on a director to helm the studio’s new feature based on Rod Serling’s ground-breaking TV series The Twilight Zone. Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, will make the movie for the studio based on a script by Jason Rothenberg. What happened to those talks with directors like Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films)? I bet Matt Reeves is a lot cheaper, and might have promised a cheaper movie overall. And he might be a better choice than most, too. Read More »

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This had to happen: a company has picked up the life rights to The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, and is seeking to make a biopic about the pioneering television writer/producer who defined the popular approach to science fiction and unusual short stories when The Twilight Zone hit the airwaves in 1959. Read More »