The original incarnation of The Twilight Zone belongs on any shortlist of the best and most influential television shows ever made. Rod Serling’s classic anthology series, which told one-off science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories that ranged from comical and melodramatic to unsettling and downright terrifying, still holds up today as a high-water mark for genre TV and required watching for anyone who enjoys good things.
And every few decades, someone tries to revive it and we’ve been due for another version for some time. Now, CBS has announced a new incarnation of this iconic series, but like so many episodes of The Twilight Zone, there’s a twist involved: it’s going to be interactive. Whatever that means.
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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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At 7′ 2″, Richard Kiel was legitimately one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, and as a result he fought hard to avoid being typecast. The actor appeared in one of the most notable pieces of early televised science fiction, the Twilight Zone episode ‘To Serve Man,’ but will be forever known as Jaws, the steel-grilled henchman who menaced James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. At St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA, Richard Kiel died on Wednesday September 10, at age 74. Read More »
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A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »
Joseph Kosinski got a lot of attention with Tron Legacy and then took Tom Cruise into the future with Oblivion. He has been developing a remake of Disney’s The Black Hole, among other films, but now he’s signed on to a Warner Bros. picture that has been in development for a while.
Kosinski is in talks to direct The Twilight Zone, based on the influential television show created by Rod Serling in 1959. Read More »
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Briefly: The fact that Warner Bros. has been slowing moving forward with a new Twilight Zone movie for the past few years won’t stop CBS Studios from developing a new television take on Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi thriller series. Now Bryan Singer is on board to produce the new TV version. He’ll develop and exec produce the new show, and perhaps direct the pilot as well. While there isn’t a network set yet, given that CBS Studios produces content only for CBS (which aired the original show) and the CW, it seems likely that CBS will again be home to the Twilight Zone should the series go forward.
This would be the fourth TV incarnation of The Twilight Zone, following the original series (1959-1964), the ’80’s revamp (1985-1989), and the short-lived UPN revival from 2002. Given the popularity of TV shows with supernatural and sci-fi themes, this seems like a no-brainer. And hell, without the original Twilight Zone, which was a trailblazer for “weird” content on the tube, the current wave of supernatural TV programming might be entirely different.
No word on whether this will affect the big-screen version, which had Matt Reeves set to direct until he dropped out a couple months ago. [EW]
Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been years since Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way put a new cinematic adaptation of The Twilight Zone in the works, but even as screenwriters have come and gone, concrete details on the film have been hard to come by. We’ve previously only been told that it would “feature elements from the ‘Twilight Zone’ universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series,” which is about as vague a plot description as has ever been written. But now, the first real hints about the plot have finally emerged — and yes, they sound very Serling-y indeed. More after the jump.
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For about a year now, Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been attached to a new theatrical film based on The Twilight Zone. It was just one of several projects on the director’s plate and certainly the most high profile. In that time, multiple writers had been tasked with writing a screenplay but, with nare a greenlight in sight after a year, it seems Reeves has decided to move on. He will no longer direct Warner Bros. new Twilight Zone movie.
Instead, he’s now become the frontrunner to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Also on the short list behind Reeves: J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy), Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) and Rian Johnson (Looper). Read more after the jump.
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Briefly: Warner Bros. is still poking at a new take on The Twilight Zone, and has set a new writer to tackle the script. Joby Harold, who did work on the Tom Cruise project All You Need is Kill (which may end up with a different title) is the latest writer on the new thriller/sci-fi picture. Jason Rothenberg wrote the draft that got things going, and Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) rewrote last year.
Now Variety says Warner Bros. wanted someone with sci-fi chops to take a pass before Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In) directs the feature. We don’t know much about what shape this particular take on the show will have, but the trade says “this pic will have one story that features elements from the “Twilight Zone” universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series.”