Director Matt Reeves is entering a new dimension. A dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. Matt Reeves has just crossed over into The Twilight Zone.
According to a new report, Warner Bros has tapped the Cloverfield and Let Me In director to helm its upcoming feature film adaptation of Twilight Zone. The project, which attracted numerous high-profile directors, is another big win for Reeves – who is also attached to direct a Frankenstein movie, This Dark Endeavor; a vampire film, The Passage; and a sci-fi film, 8 O’Clock in the Morning (an adaptation of the short story that inspired John Carpenter’s They Live).
Twilight Zone fans will recall that the original series has been adapted for the big screen before as Twilight Zone: The Movie. As Deadline explains, however, this new film will not be an anthology like the 1983 version, but rather a “single freestanding story that is linked to the original series mainly in that it shares that familiarly eerie feel.”
The Twilight Zone is undoubtedly one of the most influential programs in TV history, particularly for the sci-fi and horror genres, so it’s no surprise to see that Warner Bros has turned the project over to one of Hollywood’s most in-demand genre filmmakers. The real question is: what is the movie about?
Screenwriter Jason Rothenberg was hired to write the film last year, taking over for Rand Ravich, but that’s about all we know when it comes to the script. Will Rothenberg be able to deliver an original story that’s on par with some of Rod Serling’s most famous episodes?
Warner Bros hopes to finish up the script and get the film into production by next summer. We’ll keep our eyes open for more plot details as they emerge, but in the meantime, feel free to discuss your favorite original Twilight Zone episodes in the comments.