Feeling perhaps like it was caught in its own web, the feature film version of ‘The Twilight Zone’ has been stuck in developmental limbo for several years now, without much actual progress made. Now, however, it appears the project is making a major stride forward, as Warner Brothers has officially hired a screenwriter to create a script for the film.
Christine Lavaf has been brought on to handle the writing duties, taking over from such former writers attached to the project as Anthony Pechham, Rand Ravich, and Joby Harold. Lavaf has sold several original sci-fi story premises recently, including ‘IHuman’ to the FX television network, and she was also a contributing writer to the upcoming ‘Godzilla 2’ film.
Producing the film alongside Warner Brothers is Appian Way, the company owned by Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio will serve as a producer on ‘The Twilight Zone’ film as well.
The film, based on the classic TV series, has been in development since 2009, with no major movement on the film since 2013. The TV series has previously been revived by CBS in the 1980s (via syndication) and the UPN in 2002. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a broad-but-accurate description of the series from Wikipedia:
The Twilight Zone is an American science-fiction, fantasy, psychological-supernatural horror anthology television series created by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The series consists of unrelated dramas depicting characters dealing with paranormal, futuristic, Kafkaesque, or otherwise disturbing or unusual events; characters who find themselves dealing with these strange, sometimes inexplicable happenings are said to have crossed over into “The Twilight Zone”. Each story typically features a moral and a surprise ending.
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