‘Oblivion’ Director Joseph Kosinski in Talks to Helm ‘The Twilight Zone’ Movie

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WB has been interested in a new movie version of The Twilight Zone for a few years now, but there’s been little progress made at this point. The original TV show – created in the late 1950s by Rod Serling – was an anthology series containing strange and unusual stories that would often blend fantasy, sci-fi and horror genre elements. In addition, most of the individual episodes would feature plot twists and surprises that served to highlight a subtextual theme (dealing with social/political issues and/or philosophical concerns).

Cloverfield director Matt Reeves became loosely attached to direct the new Twilight Zone movie about two years ago, before he dropped the project to go and work on the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes instead. We have an update on the situation, with regard to who Warner Bros. and Appian Way heads Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are looking at to guide the new journey into that dimension “between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.”

The Wrap is reporting that Joseph Kosinski has entered talks to direct The Twilight Zone. While exact details on the plot are being kept secret for now, the site’s insiders have it on good authority that none of the previous script drafts – including the (relatively) more recent one written by Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) – will be completely maintained and carried over. Instead, the project will be getting a proper overhaul, in order to tailor-fit the screenplay to Kosinski’s interests as a filmmaker.

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Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski on the set of ‘Oblivion’

Bear in mind, it’s difficult to say with any great certainty that Twilight Zone will be the next project that Kosinski tackles as a director. Over the past few months, the TRON: Legacy director has seemingly been getting ready to start production on a third TRON feature (after Legacy and director Steven Lisberger’s TRON) by 2014. Moreover, Kosinski’s gestating reboot of Disney’s cult sci-fi flick The Black Hole has begun to move forward again, with Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts having been hired to give the script a rewrite. In other words: for the time being we’ll just have to wait and see exactly which movie-in-the-making Kosinski tackles next.

Having said that, Kosinski’s recent sci-fi film Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise) invites comparisons to the original Twilight Zone TV series and subsequent renditions, with regard to how Oblivion relies upon fantastical post-apocalyptic tropes and mystery plot elements in order to tell a meaningful human story. That makes Kosinski a fitting and intriguing pick to direct a new Twilight Zone movie – even if the reboot doesn’t wind up being an anthology picture like the 1983 feature, with Kosinski just directing one segment. (Though, if that is the game plan, that might better explain why Kosinski is circling the project, despite having a lot on his plate already.)

Are you interested in seeing a new Twilight Zone movie directed by Kosinski? Or do you feel that the property is better suited for the television medium – and thus, are holding out hope that Bryan Singer gets to make his proposed new Twilight Zone TV show (after he finishes working on X-Men: Days of Future Past)?


The Twilight Zone movie reboot is still in the early stages of development, but we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. The Twilight Zone will never get better than the original series. This is one franchise I wish Hollywood would just let be.

    • To this day, I feel “The Twilight Zone” is the best TV show ever made.

      The ONLY way I’d be satisfied with this is if it has

      1.) Writing that fits with what the show is all about.

      2.) The film opens with the classic introduction from Rod Serling

      • And William Shatner. Gotta have Shatner back for a cameo at least.

  2. This guy’s a very good director, though he needs better scripts I think.

  3. Let’s hope all (if any at all) helicopters are cgi for the sake of the actors.

    • Heads are going to roll.

      • Is it too soon for that joke ?

  4. Oblivion was my biggest surprise this season
    and Kosinski’s superb direction along with
    a steady Tom Cruise is the reason why.

    Kosinski seems like a good choice for it.
    Overall I rate The Twilight Zone series
    of Rod Serling the best show ever too.

    • Agreed. For me, Looper and Oblivion are the years best sci-fi movies.

  5. Let’s hope this movie is eerie but well-written, and not just something out of the “Toilet Zone”!

    • Twilight Zone isn’t eerie all around. It’s like a subtle growing of dark truths that are thrown at you at the last minute with a surprise reveal, making you want more.

      It’s one thing I really liked when R.L. Stine wrote the “Goosebumps” series. Reminded me a lot of the style used in Twilight Zone, but toned down enough for kids.

  6. I have always loved the original The Twilight Zone series. It remains my favorite show of all time (so far) for its writing, film-making, themes, and its unique place in time. The TW movie and subsequent series were imitations. Nonetheless, I hope some good writers and film-makers can create the artistic/social equivalent of what Rod Serling achieved.

  7. F*kc The Twilight Zone movie.

    What about “The Black Hole” remake?

    Wasn’t Kosinskii slated to direct that?

    That’s what I want to see.

    • Did you not see READ the article? It clearly states that above, sir.

      • I glanced through the article hastily.

        Thank you for pointing this out to me.


  8. I loved the original Twilight Zone series, but let’s be perfectly honest here: it wasn’t ALL brilliant. Like any television series, some of it was incredibly well-written, and some of it was clunky and badly written.

    likewise, those throwing shade at the movie and the reboot TV series, some of that was well-written too, very well-written actually, and some of it was much weaker. Just like the original show.

    As for a re-re-reboot, well, I’m very greedy, and would rather see a new series, where I get to enjoy something new every week, rather than a single, one-shot film. I’d still love a film.. but my preference goes for a television series.

  9. I’m wondering what they could possibly do to come close to some of the original (and brilliant) TZ stories.

    It’s like the remake of The Fly. Sure, it was more of a horror movie as most of us would describe a horror movie to be (although “body shock movie” is more accurate) but none of it was anywhere close to being as chilling as that final scene in the original version.

    I’m just wondering if we’ll hear about remakes of classic Charlie Chaplin or Laurel & Hardy movies next.

  10. you can’t base that his adaption of the twilight zone will be good just because oblivion was fantastic, they are two completely projects, he could either butcher it or knock it out of the park

  11. I watch the TZ all day new years eve marathon every year even though I think I’ve seen every episode at least twice. I’d love a TZ movie and soon.

  12. Like many people I grew up watching the syndicated reruns of the Twilight Zone & the Outer Limits. The 80’s film was a pretty good anthology that used story lines from the series with the Lithegow airplane skit being the most memorable for me.

    If this entry just ends up being a generic sci-fi project with the Twilight Zone name tacked hopefully it will at least be a quality film.

    • If it’s generic, I’m never going to refer to the film as Twilight Zone.