Twilight Zone gets a Reboot

Scheiß auf Remake-Schwemme und Rebootsequelitisseuche: Die wollen eine neue Twilight Zone-Serie drehen: „CBS boss Leslie Moonves said during the company’s earnings call with investors today that it is rebooting the iconic TV series The Twilight Zone to stream on CBS All Access, its SVOD service that features the new Star Trek: Discovery.“

Man muss sich natürlich fragen, ob eine neue Twilight Zone in Zeiten von Black Mirror, PeakTV und SciFi-Serien auf allen Kanälen überhaupt Sinn ergibt, mal ganz abgesehen von der Twilight Zone im Real Life namens „Age of Trump“.

Andererseits hat Jordan Peele (Get Out) seine Griffel im Spiel und Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, The Defenders, Sons of Anarchy) soll die Scripts schreiben. Letztere Referenzen sind zwar mehr so okayish, aber Peele hat mit Get Out eins der besten Regie-Debuts der letzten Jahre hingelegt und er hat gleichzeitig eine Lovecraft-Anthology-Serie in Produktion, der dürfte sich in den kommenden Jahren problemlos als Genre-Instanz etablieren. Wie auch immer: My body is sowas von ready.

The Twilight Zone is entering a new dimension. CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves on Thursday announced during the company's earnings call that CBS All Access is readying a new take on the iconic sci-fi anthology. It's unclear at the moment if it's a straight-to-series order or just development.

The Rod Serling-created series ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959-1964. Producers CBS Television Studios retained the rights to the cult classic and will executive produce the new take. Sources say the show hails from Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw banner, with Marco Ramirez (Netflix Marvel dramas The Defenders and Daredevil, Sons of Anarchy) is set to pen the script and serve as showrunner. CBS All Access declined comment on Peele and Ramirez's involvement as official details have not yet been revealed beyond Moonves' initial announcement.

CBS last tried to revive The Twilight Zone in 2012 when the studio teamed with X-Men's Bryan Singer to develop, exec produce and potentially direct a new version of the anthology. The network revived the series in the 1980s that ran for three seasons and again in 2002 for a season on UPN with host Forest Whitaker. The franchise has also been licensed to a new stage play set to premiere in December at the Almeida Theatre in London and run through January. The original series won three Emmys during its 156-episode run and explored topics including humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices.