J. Michael Straczynski Writes Twilight Zone Series From Dynamite

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Dynamite signed a deal with CBS Consumer Products to create a comic book series based on one of the most captivating television shows of all time, The Twilight Zone, featuring all-new tales of science and superstition as written by acclaimed author and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, one of the privileged few celebrated as a Special Guest of San Diego Comic-Con International 2013.

StraczynskiClassic Science Fiction and Horror return in the pages of The Twilight Zone written by the creator of Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski. In a deal announced today between Dynamite Entertainment and CBS Consumer Products, the acclaimed author returns to the property almost three decades after being the story editor and scripting eleven episodes for the third season of The New Twilight Zone television series that aired in 1985.

Straczynski spoke about returning to the Rod Serling creation,

One of the most deeply satisfying and creatively exciting experiences I’ve had in 25 years of writing for television and film was my stint on the new Twilight Zone television series. I’ve been a fan of the original series since I was tall enough to reach for the TV tuner.  So I was profoundly excited when Nick Barrucci came to me with the possibility of doing the new Twilight Zone comic to come out from Dynamite.

And in regards to the unique nature of the series, the author added,

The immediate creative question to be resolved was: how do you transplant or adapt the TV anthology format into comic form?  Individual stand-alone issues don’t give the issue-to-issue continuity you need to consistently bring in modern readers, and if it’s a year long arc, it’s not an anthology.  The solution: three four-issue arcs that are connected by theme, character, and location… so that in reading one arc you get one side of the story, with its own supernatural or science-fiction elements, then you turn the character around to another character in that sequence who has his or her own story for the next four issues… and then at the end, you connect all of these individual stories into one overlapping tapestry, so you could literally view the book as individual stories as initially published, or layer the pages to create one big story.  It’s a cool structure that I’m not sure has been attempted before, so this will be an awful lot of fun.  I’m very excited to be working with Nick and his team on this book, and hope folks will check out the books when they come out.

The prolific Straczynski has been plying his craft in film, television and comics for many successful years. The author has written over three hundred produced television episodes and six TV movies, another five produced feature films (Changeling, Ninja Assassin, Thor, Underworld Awakening and World War Z and over four hundred published comic books for Marvel, DC and Image including a seven-year run on The Amazing Spider-Man.

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite on bring the talented writer in on the project,

It’s a thrill, an absolute thrill, to not only develop new tales for Twilight Zone, but to welcome J. Michael Straczynski as our honored host. We’ve wanted to work with him for years, and it’s finally materializing with this perfect combination: Straczynski and Twilight Zone, together again!  The energy and enthusiasm behind the scenes is going to yield some truly mind-blowing science fiction.