Matheson’s ‘Battle’ Back to the ‘Twilight Zone’

Horror legend Richard Matheson is heading back to the Twilight Zone by creating a feature film based on an episode entitled Deathship, which debuted in the fourth season of the popular black and white TV series. When they land, Captain Ross and crew find a duplicate crashed spaceship, with an identical crew killed in the crash. After each member of the crew has hallucinations involving dead friends and relatives, they are convinced they are dead. Suddenly, they are back in space about to land. Read on for more details on the now titled Countdown inside…
The Hollywood Reporter writes:

Summit Entertainment and Mandalay Pictures have acquired the rights to Richard Matheson’s “Deathship,” a short story and extended episode of “The Twilight Zone” from 1963 penned by Matheson.

The project, now called “Countdown,” is being rewritten by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas from an original draft by Scott Burn and Stephen Gregg. Brandt and Haas will executive produce the Nick Wechsler, Summit and Mandalay production. Patrick Wachsberger and Erik Feig are overseeing for Summit, while Peter Strauss is shepherding for Mandalay. “Countdown” marks the first collaboration between Mandalay and Summit.

In “Deathship”: When they land, Captain Ross and crew find a duplicate crashed spaceship, with an identical crew killed in the crash. After each member of the crew has hallucinations involving dead friends and relatives, they are convinced they are dead. Suddenly, they are back in space about to land.

Source: Hollywood Reporter