Forget the completely unnecessary movie Warners was working on, CBS is getting behind a new “The Twilight Zone” television series! Hopefully it will be nothing like the 80′s incarnation, which has each episode ending on a happy note (in short, each and every episode sucked).
“X-Men” director Bryan Singer, who is also behind the procedural “House” on FOX, has closed a deal to develop, executive produce and possibly direct a reboot of Rod Serling’s classic, says Deadline.
The drama series project, now in early stages, is set up at CBS TV Studios, which has the rights to the original series. Search is underway for a writer to pen the new “Twilight Zone.” The project has not been pitched to networks yet, but CBS is an obvious destination since CBS TV Studios only supplies CBS and the CW on the broadcast side and CBS carried the original series as well as the first revival.
The original “Twilight Zone” series ran on CBS from 1959-1964. CBS also aired a remake, which ran from 1985-1989. The most recent series reboot, hosted by Forest Whitaker, premiered on UPN in 2002 and lasted one season. READ MORE
Hiding within an article on time travel over at Vulture, they reveal the plot for Warner Bros. Pictures The Twilight Zone, a long work in progress pieced together by writers Joby Harold, Tony Peckham, Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg.
“It follows a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late.”
As AICN pointed out, it resembles the Feb. 5, 1960 episode “The Last Flight,” the first “Twilight Zone” scripted by Richard Matheson. It followed a British biplane pilot fighting World War I in 1917 who finds himself passing through a strange cloud and ending up on an American air base in 1959. You can watch the episode inside.
The feature is based on the venerated Rod Serling sci-fi TV series that also sparked a 1983 film. Cloverfield and Let Me In‘s Matt Reeves was originally slated to direct. There’s been no replacement as of yet. READ MORE
Justin Kroll of Variety just reported some disheartening news that deeply saddens me.
Due to scheduling conflicts, looks like Matt Reeves will not be helming The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros.
Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Bay and Rupert Wyatt were all originally on that short list, so it wouldn’t be that surprising if one of them jumps in for the latest incarnation of the popular TV series. None of them excite me like Reeves does. Bummer.
Joby Harold, Tony Peckham, Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg had been developing the screenplay for some time. The producers were not seeking to remake an episodic movie, as the only big-screen version of the show did 25 years ago, but rather hope to build one continuing story line based on one or more episodes. It’ll be one director and one storyline, said previous reports.
Matt Reeves, best known for directing Cloverfield and Let Me In, is also attached to Universal’s 8 O’Clock in the Morning, which John Carpenter’s They Live is based off.
As part of Amazon’s daily gold box promotion you’ll be able to score the entire “The Twilight Zone” collection on Blu-ray for $179.99.
And while many of these are already on Netflix, what you’re buying is a stunning HD transfer of the greatest television series in the history of the boob tube. Horror fans who have yet to watch Rod Serling’s genre masterpiece are missing out on a key piece to “out of the box thinking” that has transformed cinema in more ways than one.
Via wiki: “The Twilight Zone” is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. Each episode (156 in the original series) is a mixture of self-contained drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to serious science fiction and abstract ideas through television and also through a wide variety of Twilight Zone literature.
The program followed in the tradition of earlier shows like Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)—which also dramatized the short story “What You Need”—and Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957), as well as radio programs such as The Weird Circle, X Minus One, and the radio work of Serling’s hero, dramatist Norman Corwin.
The success of the series led to a feature film, a radio series, a comic book, a magazine, and various other spin-offs that spanned five decades, including two “revival” television series. The first ran on CBS and in syndication in the 1980s, the second ran on UPN from 2002 to 2003.”
Samuel L. Jackson is joining the cast of Robocop, MGM and Sony’s remake of the classic 1987 sci-fi action movie, reports THR. Jose Padilha is directing the film, which sees Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”) as the title hero, a cop named Alex Murphy who is brought back from the brink of death and turned into a cyborg police officer. Gary Oldman has already been cast as his scientist-creator. Jackson will play Pat Novak, a charismatic media mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world. Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing the movie, which is eyeing a September shoot in Toronto and has a tentative release date of August 9, 2013.
All You Need Is Kill scribe Joby Harold is in negotiations to rewrite The Twilight Zone for Warner Bros. and Appian Way, says Variety. Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves is set to direct from a script originally penned by Jason Rothenberg and subsequently rewritten by Sherlock Holmes scribe Anthony Peckham. Unlike the 1983 feature that had four separate storylines, this pic will have one story that features elements from the “Twilight Zone” universe made popular by Rod Serling’s classic TV series.
They also report that, in a competitive situation, DreamWorks has shelled out mid-six figures to acquire Glimmer, a sci-fi/fantasy spec written by Carter Blanchard (Immortals). The script is described as an “Amblin-esque found-footage tale involving teenagers and time travel.” That’s just enough info to get me excited.
Lastly, below you’ll find a video trailer for “Director’s Cut: The Art of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Conceived by director Timur Bekmambetov, this deluxe edition utilizes never-before-seen storyboards, as well as exquisite pieces of production art and conceptual designs to journey deep into the mythology of the film, telling the tale of Abraham Lincoln as seen through the eyes of “Adam,” an ancient and powerful vampire who rules the American South. Order a copy here.
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know I’m not a huge fan of the way Kickstarter is utilized in the film world – I’m not going to get into it right now, but the short end of the stick is that filmmakers should be offering return donations to charities if their projects are successful, IMO – but it is quite different in various other entertainment industries (music and games, just to name a few). That’s just one reason I’m telling you guys about this opportunity. The other, well, I’m a selfish bastard who wants to play “The Twilight Zone” pinball machine on my iPad.
I recently discovered FarSight Studios on my iPad, who is responsible for brining real pinball machines into the digital world. Pinball Arcade, which carries “Theater of Magic,” “Black Hole,” “Tale of the Arabian Nights” and more, is currently available on a wide variety of platforms: the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tables, the Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Macintosh, with versions coming soon for the PC, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Wii U.
While this past week they unleashed the classic “Funhouse” and epic “Cirqus Voltaire,” the company has set their sights on “The Twilight Zone.” The only issue is licensing, and for them to make the game, they’re going to need to recoup their licensing costs pre-development. I just plopped down $10, and if you too want to play one of the greatest pinball machines of all-time on your devices, click here to pledge. There are also widgets and videos inside. READ MORE
I am out of my mind excited. Literally, out of my mind. Variety broke the news this morning that Cloverfield and Let Me In director (and Steven Spielberg protege) Matt Reeves will be getting behind the camera for Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Twilight Zone!!!
While the ’83 version had four directors, this project will feature a single storyline and one director. Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg penned the script, and while plot details are under wraps, sources say the film would be a single storyline that touches on several themes from the Rod Sterling TV show that ran from 1959-1964.
What do you guys think of this choice? Are you already drinking celebratory champagne like I am? READ MORE