It looks like someone else is now going to be in charge of our television sets, I mean, movie theaters. ‘The Outer Limits’ is getting the big screen treatment and they are basing the movie off of the classic 1960’s episode ‘Demon With a Glass Hand’.
The original episode’s screenplay was written by Harlan Ellison who was a long term writer on both ‘The Outer Limits’ and ‘The Twilight Zone‘. For the new film, we’re going to see it penned by Scott Derrickson, who just was picked to direct ‘Doctor Strange‘ and Robert Cargill who previously worked with Derrickson to write ‘Sinister‘ as well as its upcoming sequel. Mark Victor (‘Poltergeist‘) is on board to direct.
The original episode followed the lone survivor of Earth as he travels back in time to try and discover what exactly happened to the rest of mankind. The name is a direct reference to the man who we are following that has a computer for one of his hands. In order to find out what happens he must also evade an alien race that believes without him they cannot survive while learning the truth of what happened.
The original tale was more of a science fiction piece with splashes of horror and suspense, though with Derrickson and Cargill on board, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a bit more darkness creeping into the screenplay. Ellison’s’s original script won a Writers Guild of America award so it will be interesting to see how the new adaptation stacks up. There is no word if Ellison’s has any attachment to the project.
Just for old time’s sake here is the original introduction to the show:
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits
Are you excited that we’re getting a new take on ‘The Outer Limits’? Are you happy that the writing duo of Derrickson and Cargill who can’t seem to do wrong in horror are penning the script? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Screen Rant