Well this is a bummer. It looked as if director Matt Reeves had finally settled on his Let Me In follow-up last year when he was set to direct a feature film adaptation of The Twilight Zone. The project tapped Sherlock Holmes scribe Tony Peckham to rewrite the screenplay last December, but word on the Warner Bros. adaptation has been relatively quiet since then. Now Variety’s Justin Kroll reports that, due to scheduling conflicts, Reeves has left the film. Hit the jump for more, including what Reeves may tackle next.
The directing gig was a highly sought-after job, as WB had Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Bay and Rupert Wyatt on their director shortlist to bring the adaptation to the big screen, so it was a sign of confidence that the studio signed Reeves to take the helm. Let Me In displayed the filmmaker’s tremendous talent behind the camera and I was eager to see what he’d do with a large-scale property like Twilight Zone.
Kroll doesn’t specify the specific scheduling conflicts that led to Reeves leaving the project, but he recently signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to write, direct, and supervise drama projects for the studio so he may have an idea he wants to flesh out in the television world. Reeves co-created Felicity with J.J. Abrams, so he’s got quite a bit of TV experience under his belt.
Reeves has been developing feature film adaptations of the vampire novel The Passage and the Frankenstein twist This Dark Endeavor to direct, but we haven’t heard updates on those projects in quite a while. Whatever he chooses as his next project, be it in TV or film, hopefully it comes to fruition relatively soon.