Jason Rothenberg (“Body Politic”) has been hired to pen a script for a feature film reboot of Rod Serling’s classic TV series “The Twilight Zone” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Deadline.
The original anthology series ran from 1959 to 1964 and told numerous stand alone stories featuring elements of serious science fiction, horror, suspense and fantasy. Some episodes featured adaptations of classic novels and short stories, while others were penned by genre writing greats like Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison.
The franchise was successful enough that it was revived as a series twice, once as a syndicated seres in the 80’s and once briefly as a series on UPN in 2002. Spin-offs including magazines, comics and a radio series have run for over five decades.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way will produce this new feature which is speculated to likely resemble the previous film adaptation in 1983 which combined four separate 20-25 minute segments, each helmed by different directors (Steven Spielberg, John Landis, George Miller, Joe Dante) and all of which were either direct remakes or variations on previous episodes of the series.
A 2012 release is planned for the project. Rothenberg is also penning the script for a remake of “Colossus: The Forbin Project” which Ron Howard will direct and Will Smith is tipped to star in.