Matt Reeves Set to Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 1:09 pm,

matt reeves director Matt Reeves Set to Direct Twilight Zone Movie

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.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Just a casual viewer of the show. I think it would be fun to see as a film. I can see the trailer now, ending with the eerie music from the show. We probably won’t know much about the plot until we see the film, which is a good thing.

  2. For me part of the appeal of the series was that the stories were not as long as a movie but delivered all the mystery, suspense, eeriness, and spin in short amounts of time.

  3. I am intrested to see this.

  4. Love The eighties show. So many great ones its hard to say. The one with the DJ playing the special song which brings back hed dead lover! Or Fred Savage and his ghost friend!

  5. Why not J.J. Abrams?! He loves the original series, he is very creative and innovative story teller, and he knows how to give sci-fi shows a deeper meaning without going over the top.

  6. The original half hour episodes were a fantastic as well as very possibly a once in a lifetime thing. To sustain this original feeling in a full length feature is quite a task. All I can say is good luck.

  7. As long as they don’t just take a bunch of the original shows ideas and string them together, I’m down with another installment. (Not that the 80’s movie was bad, it’s just that that’s what they did)

    I would prefer however if they did an “Outer Limits” movie treatment instead.

    • I’d rather them do a few short stories, rather then one big story. That doesn’t like like in the theme of The Twilight Zone.

      Going to be challenging. Reeves is good, but also not proven yet. He’s been successful with 2 movies. I have high hopes, and will keep my fingers crossed.

      It will prob draw some big name actor attention.

      • Sorry if I didn’t make myself clear. I was commenting on the fact the first movie took old twilight zone episodes and simply updated them all. That was fine once but if they make another movie, all the stories need to be NEW.

  8. thank god they didnt give it to Nolan, he would have just handed the script over to his bone headed brother – they both suck

    i do hope its a few different mini stories, instead of one long mystery.