After breaking into features with TRON: Legacy and following it up with this year’s sci-fi effort Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski is now in negotiations to helm Warner Bros.’ The Twilight Zone picture. Produced in part by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Appian Way banner, the sci-fi reboot had drafts turned in by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) and Tony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes). It’s now being redeveloped with Kosinski in mind, though plot details remain guarded. (It’s a safe bet that the color palette will feature a lot of white.) Heat Vision reports Kosinski being in talks, though there’s no mention of how this affects his schedule or Disney’s TRON: Legacy sequel, which he is also attached to direct. For more on the history of The Twilight Zone, hit the jump.
For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.
In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.
Though NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane ultimately didn’t move forward as a series, Bryan Singer is taking another stab at the “TV show reboot” world. Deadline reports that Singer will executive produce and possibly direct a remake of The Twilight Zone for CBS Studios. The original series, from Rod Serling, aired on CBS from 1959-1964 and was subsequently followed by a remake that ran from 1985-1989. Singer is currently look for a writer to pen the new series, and the show has not yet been pitched to networks. Deadline notes that CBS is an obvious destination for the series, though, as CBS Studios only produces broadcast series for CBS and the CW.
A feature film iteration of The Twilight Zone is also in the works at Warner Bros., though Matt Reeves recently left the director’s chair in favor of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Singer is no stranger to television, as he executive produced the hit Fox series House and ABC’s shortlived Dirty Sexy Money. He’s currently prepping to start production on the X-Men sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray or DVD for 69% off the regular price. That makes the DVD $91.99 and the Blu-ray $152.99. Included are all five seasons (156 episodes) over 28 Discs. Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more. Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping. Hit the jump for more info.
Tony Peckham, the man behind the screenplays for Invictus and Sherlock Holmes, is in final discussions to pen the rewrite for The Twilight Zone. Originally written by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic), Peckham will tweak the tentpole project for Warner Bros. Variety reports that the studio aims to have one cohesive story that incorporates elements from The Twilight Zone universe. The feature will be directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In) and produced through Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.
In other screenwriter news, Todd Berger has been confirmed to pen the recent MGM pick up, Where’s Waldo? Touting a history of written shorts like Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters and The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, Berger will next tackle the script for the striped traveler. Hit the jump for more.
After mulling over a number of directors for the gig (which reportedly included Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay), Warner Bros. has settled on Let Me In director Matt Reeves to helm their new Twilight Zone film. Deadline reports that negotiations are set to get underway next week, with the intention of getting things moving quickly in order to star production by next summer. Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) wrote the script, which will be “one big science fiction action movie with a single freestanding story that is linked to the original series mainly in that it shares that familiarly eerie feel.” The single story angle is unlike the previous 1983 feature film iteration of the TV series, which was an anthology comprised of multiple segments with different directors (including Steven Spielberg and John Landis).
Reeves’ 2010 horror film Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish flick Let the Right One In, drew some high praise both as a remake and as a standalone pic. In my opinion, he’s a fine choice to take on the sci-fi update, and I’m excited to see what he’ll he has in store for the mind-bending material. Hit the jump for a rundown of the many projects that Reeves currently has in development.
Warner Bros. is looking to the big leagues to helm their untitled Twilight Zone film. Variety reports that there is “mutual interest” between the studio and three filmmakers to take the reins: Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is also in the mix, but the report states that Nolan, Cuaron, and Bay are the top picks. Unlike the studio’s 1983 Twilight Zone, this new pic will have only one director, and WB is definitely looking to the A-list. Apparently Nolan is the front-runner to get the offer (which isn’t surprising given his very close relationship with the studio, and the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio is producing the Twilight Zone pic), but Variety’s sources are unsure as to whether he’ll actually sign on as the project is apparently similar to Inception. Apparently Harry Potter David Yates was on the shortlist at one point as well, though his prospects have waned as of late. Continued after the jump.
Wall Street co-writer Stanley Weiser is set to script a biopic about The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling for Andrew Meieran and his Bureau of Moving Pictures. Serling fought as a paratrooper and a member of the demolition squad during World War II and the horrors that he witnessed would influence the twisted sci-fi horror he would become famous for. While Seinfeld joked that all episodes of The Twilight Zone were simply that the protagonist was the same and everything else was different, the show still managed to work in thoughtful social and moral commentary. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” was a comment on the prejudice and mass hysteria caused by the Red Scare and the grotesqeries of “The Masks” was a parable about vanity. Serling also co-wrote the adaptation of Planet of the Apes, a film that proudly wears its social commentary on its damn, dirty sleeve.
Serling died in 1975 at the age of 50 from heart disease caused by chain-smoking his entire adult life. Deadline reports that his widow Carol Serling will co-produce the film. Weiser recently wrapped filming on his directorial debut Highland Park starring Danny Glover, Parker Posey and Billy Burke.
Netflix has signed a two-year licensing agreement with CBS for the network’s library content. What that means for you is that if you’re a Netflix subscriber, then some classic TV shows are headed your way starting in April. The deal includes the various Star Trek incarnations, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, Frasier, and Cheers. However, not included in the deal are shows that are still on the air or are owned by another company (e.g. The Big Bang Theory is owned by Warner Bros).
Still, I’m psyched that I’ll finally get to watch all of Twin Peaks and have Star Trek at my disposal. Hit the jump for the press release.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Definitive Collection for $93.99 – which is 69% off the regular price. Included are all 156 episodes over 28 Discs. Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more. Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping.
Writer Jason Rothenberg has reportedly been tapped by Warner Bros. to pen a new film adaptation of The Twilight Zone. According to Deadline the film will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, who jumped on board the project way back in 2008. This will be the second adaptation of the popular Rod Sterling-hosted TV show, which often starred the likes of Lee Marvin, Cliff Robinson and a very young William Shatner in its heyday. A 1983 version was created by Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg, John Landis and George Miller and famously featured the John Lithgow segment Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (directed by Miller) in which an enraged ghoul devours a passenger jet while a helpless onlooker watches from inside the plane.
Details on the new film are sketchy as of now, and there is no word on whether Rothenberg will adapt from memorable TV episodes, or write new sketches for the film. Deadline reports that Rothenberg is currently adapting an update on the Joseph Sargent-directed Colossus: The Forbin Project as a possible vehicle for director Ron Howard and star Will Smith. The original Twilight Zone series ran from 1959-1964 on CBS.
One whole year ago we told you that Leonardo DiCaprio was planning to produce a film based on Rod Serling’s TV classic “The Twilight Zone”. The actor, through his Appian Way Productions, was said to be looking for a writer who could bring the Zone back to the big screen in a fresh way – as fresh as a remaking a fifty year-old TV script can be, anyway. Well it only took 12 months but it looks like DiCaprio has found his man. According to Variety, Rand Ravich (NBC’s “Life”) has been hired to draft the “Twilight Zone” redux. Hit the jump to find out what DiCaprio and Rand have in store for their new take on Serling.