According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joseph Kosinski will direct a new big screen version of the classic TV show “The Twilight Zone.” Anthony Peckham is the latest to try to write a script. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way is producing for Warner Brothers.
“The Twilight Zone,” created by early TV titan Rod Serling, was the quintessential TV series–little bursts of perfection that ran about 25 minutes, telling morality tales of paranoia and revenge in a lonely unfair world. When the show shifted to an hour long format late in its run, it faltered; the extra time dimmed the shock effect and punch of the many half hour episodes.
For some reason, though, Hollywood has always been obsessed with the idea of taking the show out of its small gem format and blowing it up on the big screen. In 1983 there was a film version with four “episodes” directed by four hot directors of the period: Joe Dante, Joe Landis, George Miller, and oh yeah, Steven Spielberg. That version is most famous for the tragic death of actor Vic Morrow and two extras during the shooting of one episode. The updated version of the show’s original “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” story also proved that throwing a lot of money at a horror story doesn’t make it better.
There’s no word yet on whether this will also be an anthology type style or some kind of longer format story, or whether they would use original stories or do remakes of episodes from the series. Whichever, in the end, you’ll probably still be better off watching that New Year’s Eve/Day marathon of the original show on Syfy.
Kosinski directed Tom Cruise in “Oblivion” last spring.