Twilight Zone

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With just two movies under his belt, Joseph Kosinski is already fast becoming a well-known fixture in the sci-fi directing world.  Oblivion was just released (which I regret I have not seen yet…) and he was also responsible for the (extremely underrated!) Tron: Legacy.  He’s even been hard at work trying to get together a remake of the 1979 sci-fi flick, The Black Hole.  Now, it looks like he may be jumping on another big-name property and taking on the challenge of directing a new installment in The Twilight Zone.

First created in 1959 by super-genius and suspense guru Rod Serling, attempts to use The Twilight Zone name in the past have been rather mediocre.  But Warner Bros. is still trying to bring some new stories to the old franchise and they may be hiring on Kosinski to bring the vision to life.  He’s still in talks, so nothing is set in stone, but there is, in my opinion, some potential here.

I for one would like to see how Kosinski treats the property and whether he can create something worth of the Rod Serling heritage.  What do the folks out in Nerd Reader-land think about this?  Does this guy have the talent to pull it off?

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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J.J. Abrams has his fingers in all sorts of iconic pies right now, from Star Trek to Star Wars.  So why not get involved in yet another classic?  This time around, Abrams is set to take on The Twilight Zone, though it is not, as one might first think (and dread), going to be a reboot of the series.

Abrams’ shot at The Twilight Zone will be in completing one of Rod Serling’s already existing projects.  It is, in fact, Serling’s last script, titled ‘The Stop Along the Way’.  This story, which was never made during its time, will be turned into a mini-series courtesy of Bad Robot Productions.  How much Abrams will be involved in production and what the story is actually about are still unknown factors.

What do you out there in Nerd Reader land think?  Can the brains behind Lost bring one of Serling’s works to the small screen and keep it intact?  Or should we let sleeping scripts lie?

 

Thanks to blastr for the heads-up.

Is ‘The Twilight Zone’ Coming Back to TV?

With director Matt Reeves moving on to direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Leonardo DiCaprio produced Twilight Zone movie — a separate entity, unrelated to the original 1983 film — very nearly in a state of development hell, that hasn’t stopped networks from trying to get the Twilight Zone television series back on the air and CBS is one step closer to seeing it happen.

Entertainment Weekly has learned that Bryan Singer will be the executive producer on what would be the fourth iteration of the series for CBS TV Studios. It’s not hard to see why they’d bet big on Singer either: a well-known genre director and producer whose upcoming work on X-Men: Days of Future Past may double down on his credibility among fans, Singer surely has the goodwill and bankability to get this project off the ground and not piss fans of the original off in the process. With that said, right now the show is still in the very early stages of conception and CBS might air the series on or with the cooperation of another network or abandon it altogether, rendering these words useless and my time lost into the ether of of things un-remembered and misspent… or something.

So, why now? Well, anthology series has been on the cusp of the death breath for quite some time but there is a mini indie-horror resurgence with the ABCs of Death and V/H/S. I’d also be remiss if I left out the always buzz-worthy American Horror Story and it’s anthology approach, though of course AHS switchs up every season and not every episode. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out once more information comes out from the fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man -a.k.a: Hollywood.

Source: Bleeding Cool

The good ol’ Twilight Zone – a property that hasn’t been rebooted in a while and is ripe for the picking.  A project to bring this return to the big screen has been in the works for about a year now and for most of that time Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) was attached to direct.  Unfortunately, no one seems competent enough to finish a damn script and Reeves has got other shit to do.  So off he goes, on to greater things.

What are those great things?  Well, it looks like he’s on the short-list to take over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) jumped shipped on that one, so they need a new director.  Reeves could be battling it out with an impressive array of opponents for the Apes property, however, including Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy).

In addition, he’s got plenty of other things on his plate.  He’s attached in one way or another to The Passage, This Dark Endeavour, some TV work for 20th Century Fox and a remake of They Live (or rather the story it was based on).

So Twilight Zone will likely end up sitting in limbo for a bit longer, which is really no big deal to most.  In this Nerdbastard’s opinion, if they want to do a proper Twilight Zone movie, they shouldn’t rely on just one director, instead making it a spread of stories, each one directed by a different name.  But hey, what the fk do I know?

 

Thanks to /film once again for the McLuvin.

Deadline is reporting that writer/director/producer Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) will team with brothers Dan and Josh Braun to bring Creepy comics (and hopefully Uncle Creepy) to the big screen. Born in the mid 1960s, Creepy ran for 19 years until 1983 when it ceased. Dan Braun, an advertising professional, documentary filmmaker, and former rock musician who occasionally played at the CBGB in the early 80s, bought the rights to both Creepy and it’s sister horror anthology magazine, Eerie in 2007 and re-launched them. They are presently a part of the Dark Horse family.

Pulp horror fans who are a bit too young to know of the original Creepy will surely know Tales From the Crypt, the HBO series that celebrated the old 1950s EC comic book. That show ran from 1989-1996 and was, really, the last great horror anthology show/film, following in the footsteps of The Outer Limits (though that was more sci-fi), Creepshow, The Twilight Zone, and others. Now Columbus and company are doubtlessly looking to pay homage to those descendant and push the boundaries of this mostly abandoned genre — I for one can’t wait.

Source: Deadline

 

In a move that will surely raise the ire, or at least suspicion, of fan boys and girls everywhere, Damon Lindelof is returning to TV for the first time since the series finale of Lost in 2010, and the premise for this new show definitely has a Lost kinda vibe.

The series, which Lindelof will write and showrun at HBO, is based on the book The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. The novel follows events in a small town after a Rapture-like event where millions of people around the world simply disappear and the implications that follow. Sounds very Twilight Zone, but so did Lost. One wonders though that given the chilly reception for all of Lindelof’s post-Lost endeavors, up to and  including the Lost finale, if potential fans of the show will cut Lindelof some slack.

Check out the plot description of The Leftovers below:

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished?  Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?

That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children. 

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne.  Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be.  Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.

What do you think Bastards? Will you watch The Leftovers, even if Lindelof is in charge?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Graphic by Jeremy R! Hudson

There is no grey area, no subtlety — William Shatner is, and today the man who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk, turns 81 years old.

In my life I’ve been both thrilled and horrified by the Shat. A man who co-exists in my memory as this energy infused swagger machine with a baby-making smile in re-runs of Star Trek: TOS and also as the Priceline guy, whose self respect hurdled to it’s demise long before the “character” did. Should I have spoiler alerted that? Oh well.

Shatner has played a lawyer, a cop, a dad who says shit, and a man cursed with the ability to only speak in Esperanto, and through it all he did barely any of it convincingly. Still, he did it because he so clearly loved the sound of applause and the benefits that come from it. Shatner has long been a joke, a ham, but he is our ham, loveable in how eagerly he wants to please, and so on his special day, we say thank you and well done to William Shatner with these 5 signature moments from his 5 decade long career.

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The Twilight Zone.

Say that name today and most people will know what you are talking about (even if they weren’t around when it initially aired), as it is a perfect example of how a television show can become part of everyday language.

The original series, which aired from 1959-1964, had short little stories with usually a surprising twist at the end that turned everything you thought you knew about the segment upside down. Ask anyone who has seen or heard about the show, and they will tell you about their favorite episodes.

Even the creator and head writer, Rod Serling, thank to newly unearthed interview footage (via Blastr).

Serling says that his two favorite episodes were:

The Invaders, where minuscule aliens and ship torment a woman forcing her to kill them, which would not be most people’s choice as their favorite. But, according to Serling:

One [of his favorites] was an original by Dick Matheson called ‘The Invaders,’ with Agnes Moorehead, which was in a sense pure science fiction, with a very O. Henryish twist.

The Invaders

The Invaders

Serling’s second favorite was Time Enough At Last, where a myopic librarian survives the end of the world to read all his books in his much sought the peace and quiet.

And the other was an adaptation of mine, a very free, loose adaption of a Lucille Fletcher — I think it was Lucille Fletcher, I could be wrong [actually was Lynn Venable] — a short story called ‘Time Enough at Last,’ about a myopic bank teller who at the end of the world breaks his glasses just when he’s able to read all that he’s ever wanted to read

Time Enough At Last

Time Enough At Last

And what are my two favorite episodes?

To Serve Man, where an alien race arrives on Earth with a promise to serve man, but may have ulterior motives; and The Eye of the Beholder, where a disfigured woman undergoes surgery to look more like everyone else, but all is not as it seems.