Comedian and Get Out director Jordan Peele is set to helm a reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone – which ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1964 – for CBS All Access, the new over-the-top streaming service that’s currently home to Star Trek: Discovery. Additionally, CBS All Access has produced a spin-off of their popular show The Good Wife called The Good Fight, but it was Discovery that drove viewers to subscribe, resulting in a record-breaking number of new customers.
Peele seems like a good fit for this reboot. The Twilight Zone always had a sick sense of humor, and Peele’s debut feature was often described as a racially charged interpretation of Serling’s classic show. His production company, Monkeypaw, is on track to produce the project, with writer Marco Ramirez (Netflix’s Daredevil and The Defenders) on board to pen the series. According to a write-up in The Hollywood Reporter, this isn’t the first time networks have tried to bring The Twilight Zone back to television:
CBS last tried to revive The Twilight Zone in 2012 when the studio teamed with X-Men‘s Bryan Singer to develop, exec produce and potentially direct a new version of the anthology. The network revived the series in the 1980s that ran for three seasons and again in 2002 for a season on UPN with host Forest Whitaker. The franchise has also been licensed to a new stage play set to premiere in December at the Almeida Theatre in London and run through January. The original series won three Emmy’s during its 156-episode run and explored topics including humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices.
Now is a perfect time to bring anthology shows back to television, with HBO’s Room 104, TBS’ The Guest Book, and Netflix’s Black Mirror bringing episodic anthologies back into the mainstream. Although official details haven’t been revealed, Peele’s involvement is pretty much set in stone. CBS All Access got off to a rough start, but between this and Discovery, the new streaming service really has a chance at establishing a wide variety of audiences, and we’re looking forward to hearing more about this project in the near future.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter