‘Twilight Zone’ Movie Reboot Gets a New Writer; Won’t Have an Anthology Format

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We might still have a ways to go, before the planned Twilight Zone movie reboot actually becomes a reality. Director Joseph Kosinski boarded the slow-moving project as director a couple weeks back; yet, it could be anywhere from next year to 2016 and beyond, as far as when he might start principal photography. Not that such quibbles and unsettled matters have prevented our editorial team on the Screen Rant Underground podcast from submitting their own pitches, as far as the mind-bending storyline basis goes – for this newest expedition into “the fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man” (to quote Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling).

Appian Way heads Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are teaming alongside Warner Bros. on the 21st century Twilight Zone movie, having previously recruited such writers as Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow) and Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to take a stab at putting together a script. For those unaware, Serling’s original 1959 TV show and its subsequent spinoffs feature episodic stories about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, typically concluding with an ironic twist that offers some form of social, political or moral commentary.

Variety is reporting that WB has tapped Aron Eli Coleite to put together a fresh Twilight Zone script tailor-made for Kosinski, as opposed to revising an earlier draft. Moreover, Coleite’s screenplay is going to feature a single central narrative, rather than a collection of stories that directly interweave with one another, parallel each other thematically, or are linked through some other means (see: the format of recent horror anthologies V/H/S and V/H/S/2). That will set Kosinski’s Twilight Zone movie apart from the 1983 film adaptation, which includes segments directed by John Landis (the prologue and “Time Out”), Steven Spielberg (“Kick the Can”), Joe Dante (“It’s a Good Life”) and George Miller (“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”).

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Joseph Kosinski is directing the ‘Twilight Zone’ movie reboot

Coleite previously served as a writer/co-showrunner on multiple seasons of Heroes, in addition to having worked on the crime-mystery series Crossing Jordan and the found-footage TV show The River. The latter, in particular, is one of the multiple short-lived series that’ve attempted to spin an intriguing and mysterious mythology during the post-Lost age of modern television; despite that, the show-runners’ efforts yielded mixed results at best. Nonethless, Coleite seems to possess the proper qualifications to tackle a Twilight Zone movie, as far as his sci-fi/fantasy genre screenwriting area of expertise is concerned.

The same goes for Kosinski, whose futuristic sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise) has a storyline that often unfolds like a feature-length Twilight Zone episode. Kosinski has two Disney sci-fi projects – the untitled TRON: Legacy sequel (a.k.a. TRON 3) and the remake of cult 1970s title The Black Hole – that are further along in the writing stage of development than Twilight Zone right now. That is to say, we’ll have to wait and see what effect, if any, the Twilight Zone reboot gaining a screenwriter has on Kosinski’s plans (he’d previously been hinting that TRON 3 could start production in 2014).

Are you more or less excited to see The Twilight Zone, now that we know the movie reboot won’t feature the anthology format used for the 1983 film version?


We’ll continue to keep you posted on The Twilight Zone as the story develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. Unexcited. There is no replacing the original, because there is no replacing Rod Serling.

    Now lets hear from people that say they liked the ’83 movie and liked the newer TV show and look forward to this because, well, “we gotta give ’em a chance don’t we? Ya never know ’til you see it! You can’t possibly decide or form an opinion without seeing a trailer!! Right?!?”


    • The movie isn’t called

      “The Superior Twilight Zone: Rod Serling Is Crap And His Legacy Means Nothing”

      I LOVE Serling’s Twilight Zone, but it is kind of stupid to already bash this idea without further info or even footage.

  2. This better not be some action packed horror movie. After seeing what JJ Abrams did to TOS Star Trek, I have mixed feelings about this one.

    I’ll give it a chance bcuz it’s Twilight Zone, of course. However they will need to really do a story that will blow our minds. Have a twist ending that’ll make us leave the theater thinking the entire car ride home.

    This movie does have a ton of potential. I hope they do right.

    “The Machinist” would have to be the best example of a today’s Twilight Zone movie.

  3. I’m one of those who have loved Twilight Zone in just about every iteration of it so far.

    I particularly like reusing the same concepts in a different light to dramatically different effects, such as the two Magic Stopwatch stories from the 60s (he uses it to stop time and rob banks for example) to the 80s (housewife stops time just before Russian ICBMs are about to explode over her hometown, keeping people alive but forever frozen in panic and fear).

    Then there are the “Twilite Zone” movies like The Box and Real Steele, and countless others, using a “what-if” from the show and turning them into full features. I like these two, I wish they got a little recognition from the original source. “Twilight Zone Presents: The Box”, “Stephen King Steals from the Twilight Zone: 11/22/63″

    So with this new film I look forward to heady sci-fi and hope its not just a cash grab. Given the history of the franchise, this is almost never the case… just a lot of weirdness and a lot of jacked up situations.

    And Rod Sterling is the 60s Twilight Zone, and his hard-ass fingerprints are all over the 80s, 2k, and movie versions. His legacy has so far been respected, lets hope this film version does the same.

    Of course, there’s always the chance that all of the TWZ stories are happening in a shared universe, and that the film will finally bring all the characters together in a massive TZCU that… er nevermind.

  4. I hate how the yet reboot is misused so often.

  5. Um… they are aware that some of the most boring episodes of TZ were the hour-long ones, right? I can’t see a TZ movie with one long, drawn-out story being a success. Anthology movie, please…