Cloverfield Director to Helm New Twilight Zone Movie

A couple weeks ago, news hit that some major directing talent was circling the new Twilight Zone movie that was in development at Warner Brothers. Those names included directors such as Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, David Yates, Alfonso Cuaron, and Rupert Wyatt. Well, so much for those guys, as it’s been revealed today that they’ve all been passed over and Matt Reeves has been picked to helm the project. The new film, based on the classic Rod Serling televison show, has received the big screen treatment before as an anthology film back in 1983. However, unlike that film, this upcoming take will forgo the multiple segment route and instead focus on one narrative. Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) has worked on the script, which will hopefully go into production by next summer.

Reeves, whose credits include Cloverfield and Let Me In, seems like a worthy talent for the job and he probably comes cheaper than many of the previously reported names. He’s still an up-and-coming talent who is keeping himself busy with several other sci-fi/horror related projects, including a revisionist take on the Frankenstein story called This Dark Endeavor, an adaptation of the vampire novel The Passage, and 8 O’Clock in the Morning, “about a man who awakens with the realization that aliens are all over the place and control society.” I’m still hesitant about the single story direction they’ve decided to go with, which basically ties the film to the original series “mainly in that it shares that familiarly eerie feel.” Are you looking forward to a new Twilight Zone movie from Matt Reeves? Would you rather have seen another director chosen instead?

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  • patrik

    Intriguing. Liked Let Me In a lot.

  • http://deven-science.livejournal.com/ Deven Science

    Call it something other than The Twilight Zone.

    Ron Serling was a master of his craft, and while not all 200+ episodes were epic, many of them were.

    The Eighties TV show and movie were alright, but they often lacked the irony that the original had.

    You know what? This show has already been had several newer iterations, all well after Serling’s involvement. I’ve changed my mind, slap Twilight Zone on whatever you want. The original episode “Eye of the Beholder” will probably still blow away whatever you come up with, so go for it.

    Just a thought, but I know Serling wrote many short stories under the Twilight Zone banner that were never made into episodes, so why don’t they use something he wrote to base their movie on?

    This comment sort of goes all over the place.

  • Marco

    Spot on Deven!! I’m a huge fan of the original Twilight Zone series and have very mixed feelings about this new adaptation; but they’ve already done this multiple times so it would be crying over spilled milk at this point.

    Hopefully, they at least TRY to capture the brilliant irony that was present in the original series and not turn this into a complete modern muck up by “dumbing it down.”

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