With Academy Award winning screenwriter Jordan Peele (Get Out) set to host/narrate in the footsteps of original series creator Rod Serling and production currently underway, CBS All Access‘ The Twilight Zone revival has cast Parks & Recreation‘s Adam Scott in an episode whose title fans will find a little familiar.
Co-produced by Peele, Simon Kinberg, and CBS Television Sudios, the series has tapped Scott for the lead in ‘Nightmare at 30,000 Feet’, a new take on classic 1963 episode ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ starring William Shatner (Star Trek) as a nervous passenger terrorized by visions of a creature outside his airplane. The episode was previously remade in 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie, duirng a segment directed by George Miller and starring John Lithgow.
Peele’s The Twilight Zone received an official series order from CBS All Access in December 2017, with the project being co-produced between Monkeypaw Productions and Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg will executive produce alongside Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.
Interesting enough, Peele wasn’t just reluctant to step into Serling’s hosting role for the updated series – he was hesitant to take on the The Twilight Zone revival itself. In an extended feature article/interview with Variety, Peele explained his initial resistance:
“I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip ‘Twilight Zone’ off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”
Peele would go on to embrace the project, and the chance to continue the groundwork set by Serling’s original series:
“The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission. If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow ‘Twilight Zone’ fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.”