Richard Kelly Apparently Developing a Rod Serling Biopic


It is hard to believe that it has already been a full decade since Richard Kelly directed a movie. The cult auteur burst onto the scene with Donnie Darko in 2001 but since then he has directed just two other films, neither of which really found an audience: Southland Tales and The Box. He has had several projects in development including a mystery thriller called Corpus Christi and a true crime movie called Amicus that was supposed to star the late James Gandolfini, but sadly he just hasn’t been able to get any of his idiosyncratic visions back to the big screen again. Which, let’s face it, isn’t a huge surprise given the current state of the movie industry. However, there is some hope on the horizon: this week we are hearing that he may be setting up a movie about Rod Serling. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Production Weekly (via, Richard Kelly is set to write and direct a biopic based on the life of The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. The project is being set up at Mandalay Pictures with Jason Michael Berman and Kevin Turen acting as producers. No cast has been announced at this time.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Twilight Zone and the Jordan Peele-produced reboot debuted on CBS All Access earlier this year. Kelly does seem to have an affinity for the show, having based his movie The Box on the episode “Button, Button” from the ’80s revival of the show, written by Richard Matheson. That being said, a standard Hollywood biopic does not seem like Kelly’s style, so here’s hoping he is given a chance to do something a little more unconventional. Do you have any interest in a Rod Serling biopic?

  • Jake

    I’m surprised he’s never teamed up with Blumhouse. Seems like it could be a good fit.