Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Bay, and Rupert Wyatt on Warner Bros. Shortlist for New TWILIGHT ZONE Film

     September 30, 2011

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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.

Bay is apparently keen on the script, but may be hindered by the fact that he’s itching to get to Pain and Gain, the bodybuilding passion project that’s been in the works for a very long time. Cuaron and Wyatt have the most favorable schedules, as Cuaron is close to wrapping Gravity and Wyatt has yet to commit to his Apes follow-up. As much as I love Nolan, I can’t help but hope that Cuaron is the man that gets the job. He’s a true visionary, and his take on the trippy material would undoubtedly be more than a little mind-blowing. But really, each one of these directors would bring something completely different to the pic, so we’ll see how things shake out in the end. Here’s the trailer for the original 1983 film Twilight Zone: The Movie, which took the anthology approach and was directed by Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, John Landis, and George Miller.

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