After one science fiction revival– ‘Star Trek: Discovery’— generated unprecedented subscriptions for CBS All Access, the streaming service is looking to build on that success with another– ‘The Twilight Zone’. The new series was mentioned by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves during an earnings call, although he offered no further information, including whether it is in development or if a pilot or even the whole series has been ordered.
But insiders say that this new ‘Twilight Zone’ comes from Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions. Peele, mainly known as a comedy actor, shocked Hollywood and horror fans this year when he directed the low-budget smash ‘Get Out’ which raked in an impressive $250 million at the box office. In fact, that film garnered many comparisons to ‘The Twilight Zone’. Peele and Monkeypaw are working with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot for the HBO miniseries ‘Lovecraft Country’ a fusion of civil rights drama and horror/fantasy inspired, obviously, by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. While Peele will executive produce ‘Lovecraft Country’, it’s unknown at this time, what his role on ‘The Twilight Zone’ will be.
Marco Ramirez (‘Daredevil’, ‘The Defenders’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’) is reported to be penning the pilot script for ‘The Twilight Zone’ and will serve as showrunner.
CBS All Access currently offers the original ‘Twilight Zone’ which aired on CBS from 1959-64 and earned two Emmy Awards along the way. That anthology series was created by Rod Serling who also wrote or adapted most of the scripts and hosted the anthology series, which has produced some of the most memorable science fiction moments in pop culture history. ‘The Twilight Zone’ has been revived twice. The first ran from 1985-89 also on CBS, while the UPN attempted a shorter-lived revival in 2002-03. In 1983, ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’ was released. Following in the anthology style of the series, the “film” consisted of four separate stories, plus a prologue, directed by an all-star dream team– John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. The film was marred by a helicopter stunt gone wrong which killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter