New Twilight Zone TV Series In The Works, Bryan Singer Attached
While development presumably lumbers on with the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Twilight Zone movie, despite the recent loss of director Matt Reeves to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there's also work underway to get the show back on the airwaves. That seems like a better fit for what is, at its core, an anthology concept.
Entertainment Weekly have learned that Bryan Singer is set to Executive Produce a new Twilight Zone series for CBS TV Studios. They do say, however, that things are still at a very early stage, and it's not even a given that the show would go to the CBS Network.
This would be the fourth version of the show to go to air, or fifth if you count the cheeky pseudo spin-off Twilight Zone: Rod Lost Serling Classics. None of the do-overs really match the best of the original 1959-64 series, mind. Those Blu-rays are certainly amongst the best $200 I ever spent.
Wow. Big shoes to fill. Both writing and hosting by Rod Serling was amazing.
I am kinda reminded of the show Dark Matters on the Science Channel. It is pretty cheap and cheesy, but I love it and it does a jice job covering real tales of strange yet pretty much alk true science tales. And John Noble of Fringe fame does a fantastic job hosting. Van't think of any other recent shows with outstanding hosts like that off the top of my head. Morgan Freeman has that Wormhole show on the same channel, I guess. Though that is the lord Freeman himself...
Loved the original show and I even enjoyed the 80s revival while Harlan Ellison was involved. That 80s version was more like Night Gallery with the 2-3 stories per episode. That said, I wish they wouldn't do this. The one from 10 years ago was terrible, despite the big name cast involved. Also, I don't think people can make good anthology shows anymore. The charm of the original Twilight Zone was having innovative story twists, for its time. Those same innovative twists are now cliches and can be spotted a mile away. How can someone in Hollywood create something innovative, when they keep going to the well with remakes? At least the 80s version stood on it's own by not being a carbon copy.
Except for the episodes that were remakes of shows from the original series.
Even some of those put in a new twist. The Christmas one was pretty much the same, but the episode Dead Man's Shoes had a a situation of a woman being possessed and, despite copying the concept, was an entirely unique episode. The episode with the stopwatch that froze everything also had it's own unique take with a very chilling ending.