new twilight zone series

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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It seems ironic that a film about a youth-centric society would itself be growing old, but that’s what’s been happening with the Logan’s Run remake. The project entered development about two decades ago and has passed through a number of high-profile filmmakers since then to no avail. So now, the studio’s looking outside the usual Hollywood circles to help make it happen.

The studio has just tapped Ken Levine, creator of the BioShock video game franchise, to write the sci-fi screenplay. Levine’s not entirely a Hollywood outsider — he got his start in screenwriting and playwriting before finding success in the video game industry — but he’s still a pretty unexpected choice. Hit the jump to get the details.

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Since the game BioShock became a critical and commercial hit, there has been vague but persistent momentum on a movie adaptation. The story features a man who must find his way through the ruins of an underwater city, the inhabitants of which have been mutated through excessive genetic manipulation.

Gore Verbinski was once attached to direct, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo later attached himself to the project. But in 2011 the Universal film was pushed to the back burner and Fresnadillo fell away.

Now Ken Levine, the game designer who spearheaded the original title, has said the movie is dead. More to the point, he killed it. Read More »

With its period/Gothic aesthetic set in an underwater, futuristic world, the BioShock video games were practically begging to be adapted into a film. Since 2008, directors like Guillermo Del Toro, Gore Verbinski and Juan Carlos Frenadillo have either been rumored or attached to a big screen adaptation and, at times, it’s been very close to being made. However, the project is currently stuck in development hell with no light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s fine according to Ken Levine, the creator of BioShock and head of Irrational Games. In a recent interview, he suggested while he’d love to see a BioShock movie, there’s no inherent need for it if the material isn’t right. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

The hypnotic intro to M*A*S*H, alongside China Beach‘s, was forever instilled in my head as a kid, even though I habitually fell asleep beside my dad two minutes into the actual show. And of course, Robert Altman’s 1970 film is one of his classics. Twenty six years later, a retired chemical engineer named Andreas Kyriacou and several other fans on behalf of the Malibu Creek State Park in California (where the original show and movie were filmed) are recreating the set.

The first order of business was to accurately recreate the famous makeshift signpost (below), but TV writer Ken Levine says much more is in store on his blog

“Using original blueprints they are also roping off the areas where the Swamp was, the Mess Tent, etc. The park may eventually institute organized overnight camping trips and videos projected on a bedsheet for campers. But step one is a formal ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the show’s finale on February 23rd. So this summer, for the first time in 26 years you’ll be able to actually walk around the MASH camp. Bring water, sunscreen, a portable fan, and your favorite memories.”

I wish I could make the trek out there. If any /Film readers do, let us know. We usually reserve Cool Stuff for memorabilia and collectibles, but as the old saying goes, this kind of experience is priceless. This is dedication on the part of film fans, and knowing that the original set was destroyed in a fire back in ’82, it’s a nice bit of commitment on their part.

 Source Link: Ken Levine / LAT