Jason Rothenberg Set to Write New TWILIGHT ZONE Film; Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Producing

     October 20, 2010

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.

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