Well, this is a bit of a strange one. In the midst of all the financial chaos that has caused MGM to put two of their biggest franchise films on hold indefinitely (The Hobbit and Bond 23), somehow they have managed to find the money to hire a pair of writers to turn a classic ’60s sci-fi TV series into a feature film. According to Variety, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw IV, V, VI and 3D) are in the process of writing a movie based on The Outer Limits. They aren’t exactly working for peanuts either (the deal is believed to be in the mid-six figures), but MGM is claiming that they were actually hired “well before” any debt troubles began.
Although there has never been an Outer Limits movie, it’s a bit unclear why MGM would have a sudden interest in developing such a thing right about now. The original show aired between 1963 and 1965, and was later revived in the mid to late ’90s before being canceled in 2002. A couple of years ago it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company was contemplating a new Twilight Zone movie, eventually hiring Rand Ravich (The Astronaut’s Wife) to pen a script, so perhaps they are banking on that to generate interest?
Melton and Dunstan are best known for writing the last four Saw movies, but they started their career by writing Feast for the reality show Project Greenlight. I can’t say their resume is really much of a selling point, and I’m not sure that this is a particularly worthwhile investment for MGM right now, but in theory I would be interested in seeing an Outer Limits movie. Would you?