The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, confirming that Get Out helmer Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg will oversee development of the sci-fi revival, though CBS stopped short of mentioning an episode count and/or a tentative release window. Common logic dictates that the network will let this announcement simmer for some time while it tends to Star Trek: Discovery, its other high-profile All Access series that’s poised to conclude its opening season on January 7th.
What we do know, however, is that The Twilight Zone reboot has appointed Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) as showrunner, and Peele is of the belief that there’s no better time to reintroduce the seminal classic:
Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences.
Created and hosted by Rod Serling all those years ago, The Twilight Zone was a whip-smart anthology series that placed a laser focus on the world’s atomic paranoia with uncanny precision. Peele, Kinberg and Marco Ramirez will likely mix up the formula so that CBS’ revival is able to play on the current socio-political climate.
So, there you have it. More than 50 years after the hugely influential sci-fi series ended its initial run, and after Bryan Singer’s (X-Men) failed attempts to launch a revival – for the record, BioShock mastermind Ken Levine also flirted with the idea of an interactive movie and/or series – The Twilight Zone is officially headed back to television. And we couldn’t be more excited.
Black Mirror, on the other hand, thrusts Netflix subscribers into six bleak, technology-driven nightmares on December 29th.