MGM Developing ‘The Outer Limits’ for Film

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:45 pm,

The Outer Limits Logo MGM Developing The Outer Limits for Film

While MGM continues to sort out its plans for restructuring, the company has been forced to put a number of major projects on hold, including the new James Bond film and The Hobbit.

It would appear, however, that even amid all of its financial chaos, MGM has not given up on the movie-making business – because MGM is currently developing a feature-length adaptation of the landmark 1960s sci-fi series The Outer Limits.

According to a Variety report, MGM has hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write the script. The writing pair has previously worked together on the Saw franchise, scripting parts four through seven (aka the upcoming Saw 3D).

On the off chance that you’ve never heard of The Outer Limits, it was a science-fiction show written from 1963 to 1965. In some respects, The Outer Limits was a little brother to the more well-known and popular sci-fi TV series, The Twilight Zone, which ran from 1959 to 1964. In the decades since it aired, The Outer Limits has been recognized as a major influence on modern science-fiction and was even revived for an impressive seven season run on Showtime and then Syfy.

Of course, the strange thing about this news isn’t that MGM is interested in making a movie based on The Outer Limits. The real interesting question is why MGM decided to move forward with this particular project, and where is the company getting the money to pay for the film?

the outer limits MGM Developing The Outer Limits for Film

In the Variety article, an MGM spokesperson claims that Melton and Dunstan were hired before the company ran into its recent financial problems. However, the spokesperson also admits that the writers were paid “just weeks ago,” at roughly the same time that MGM creditors gave the beleaguered company its sixth deadline extension.

In my opinion, MGM’s position is so screwed up right now that any production or cancellation announcements related to the company should be taken with a grain of salt. Until MGM gets things together, there’s no way to know for sure what movie will come out next, be it The Outer Limits or any other project.

The new deadline for MGM to settle on a restructuring deal is September 15th, which means the company could announce its plans in the very near future. While we’re waiting on that announcement, we will be sure to keep an eye on any and all pending MGM projects.

Source: Variety

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  1. How can MGM actually expect “The Outer Limits” to garner enough money to help their situation at all? This is hugely frustrating. MGM is a lame horse that just needs to be put down.

    • Hahahahha. Cold and correct.

  2. gay come up with something new instead of cheapening the past

    • ^

      What he said.

  3. I would like to declare war on MGM, they need to be stopped/destroyed. Why pay writers to deliver a script on a defunct TV show, when you have two of the biggest franchises in film history sitting on the blocks?


  4. I agree with Dr. Sam….I have enough of childhood memories ruined lately ( i.e The Green Hornet) and Outer Limits scared the crap out of me many a time. The Zone was good, but the Limits had more Sci-Fi elements and was more cutting edge for the day. Bond and Hobbit….C’MON!

  5. Just who to I have to kill at MGM, what pagan gods do I have to pray to or just WHAT do I have to do to get them to pull their heads out of their collective behinds and give the green light to the Hobbit project???!

    These two movies will gross them at LEAST the same as the LotR trilogy did so being able to count on 2+ BILLION seems like a better bet than another lame remake of an old TV series. If they don’t act on this soon they will lose both Jackson and McKellan which will put that bankable 2 billion os doubt.

    • Between a new Bond movie and both hobbit films, they are looking at making anywhere between 1-2 billion profit.

  6. I love The Outer Limits idea too, MGM. I think it’s a nice idea. Just as long as you keep in mind that anthology films generally don’t work at the box office. Just as long as you remember Red Dawn is on a shelf somewhere. Just as long as you are well aware of the masses wondering why there is no James Bond film and why don’t you just sell off your Hobbit shares so someone can start rolling in New Zealand.

    Other than that, an Outer Limits movie is brilliant idea.
    Can I direct? No one’s going to see it anyway.

  7. It’s sounds like an interesting idea, it’ll probably take 5 years to make though, but i’d watch it. I was a fan of it and the remake from the 90s.

  8. What happened to the Bankrupt MGM? Did they get bought by another company or did they manage to, yet again, avoid bankruptcy? I want Bond 23 not Outer Limits.

  9. I want Red Dawn off the shelf and in the theaters!!!!

    • MAKsys,

      Same here, bud.


  10. Well they could be trying to use vaporware to up their perceived value. Wonder if they’ve got another script or two lying around that they could pay a writer on the cheap to revise? The Lion takes one last gasp to roar one last time, in another attempt to save itself from total oblivion…