CBS All Access has officially placed a series order for a reboot of ‘The Twilight Zone’, the classic science fiction anthology series created by Rod Serling which originally aired on CBS from 1959-64. The new version will be executive produced by filmmaker Jordan Peele, who scored a huge indie horror hit earlier this year with ‘Get Out’, which earned comparisons to ‘The Twilight Zone’; Simon Kinberg who may be best known for the ‘X-Men’ franchise; showrunner Marco Ramirez who served on Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ and ‘The Defenders’; Win Rosenfeld of documentary series ‘Nova Science Now’ and ‘Dark Net’; and Audrey Chon, who produced the 2015 reboot of ‘The Exorcist’.
The new ‘Twilight Zone’ will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Kinberg’s Genre Films.
Julie McNamara, exec VP of originals at CBS All Access announced:
“The original The Twilight Zone bridged science fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before. Under the auspices of Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez, and with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”
The idea of political commentary will likely play a huge role on this new iteration of ‘The Twilight Zone’. Peele’s work, including ‘Get Out’ and the upcoming ‘Lovecraft Country’ specifically deal with the African American experience, filtered through the genre lens. Regarding this project, Peele stated:
“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences.”
Kinberg, whose ‘X-Men’ films deal with segregation and prejudice, added:
“The Twilight Zone was a touchstone in my life. The opportunity to continue its lineage is a dream come true, and I’m so thrilled to be doing it with Jordan, Marco and the team at CBS All Access.”
CBS previously attempted to revive ‘The Twilight Zone’ with ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer in 2012. The anthology series was previously revived in the 1980s and again for one season on The UPN.
Thanks to the success of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, CBS All Access has made quite a name for itself in the rapidly growing field of original streaming entertainment. All Access recently ordered Kevin Williamson’s fairy tale/horror series ‘Tell Me A Story’ among others.
No word yet on how many episodes will comprise the first season or when to expect it.
Are you excited to see a revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’ from the creators of ‘Get Out’ and ‘X-Men’?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter