According to Variety, screenwriter Rand Ravich has signed on to write the latest film incarnation of the classic television series The Twilight Zone. Rand Ravich previously wrote and directed the Johnny Depp film, The Astronaut’s Wife. The Twilight Zone is being produced by Warner Bros. in conjunction with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way.

A couple weeks back, I wrote about some of my favorite 4th of July movies. What I neglected to mention was my other favorite part of the 4th of July, watching an all-day marathon of The Twilight Zone on the Sci-Fi SyFy Channel. Even now, 50 years after the show first premiered, I’m entertained and occasionally frightened by Rod Serling’s masterful tales of the weird and wondrous, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been following plans of the most recent Twilight Zone film adaptation closely.

If done correctly, unlike the hit-or-miss 1983 Twilight Zone movie, a modern adaptation of The Twilight Zone could be excellent. Unfortunately, critics did not respond well to Ravich’s previous work, giving The Astronaut’s Wife a very low 16% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, just because that movie wasn’t well-received doesn’t mean Twilight Zone can’t be good. Right…?

Personally, I never saw The Astronaut’s Wife, so I’d love to hear some more educated opinions on Ravich’s talents. Let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

Currently, there is no scheduled release date for The Twilight Zone.

Source: Variety (via Bloody Disgusting)