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”).
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.