A sci-fi television classic is getting closer to the big screen.
The Outer Limits, the anthology series that first aired in the early 1960s and was revived inÂ the late 1990s, is back on the development track at MGM, four years after the project was firstÂ announced.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill will write a brand-new script for the movie. If Derrickson's name rings a bell, that's probably because he justÂ landed the gig as director of Marvel's Doctor Strange.
He and Cargill co-wrote the creepy Sinister, which Derrickson also directed, and the upcomingÂ Sinister 2, while Derrickson's Deliver Us From Evil, which he directed and co-wrote, comes out on July 2.
Their screenplay for The Outer Limits will apparently be an adaptation of what many consider theÂ series' finest episode, "Demon With a Glass Hand." The original, which was written by the greatÂ Harlan Ellison, starred Robert Culp as a man who only remembers the last 10 days of his life,Â has a mysterious computerized hand and is being pursued by alien agents from the future.
Derrickson -- who pretty much revealed the news himself on his Twitter feed -- is a fan of theÂ original show, which ran for just two seasons on ABC from 1963 to 1965 and is remembered for itsÂ surreal monsters, moody visual style and cerebral approach. The revival aired on both ShowtimeÂ and The Sci-Fi Channel from 1995 to 2002.Â
"Demon With a Glass Hand" is a tale that could actually translate quite nicely to the big screenÂ -- it's one of the best single hours of sci-fi TV ever aired -- and I hope that Derrickson andÂ Cargill try to capture some of the Gothic sensibility of the original series, which was lackingÂ in the revival (the original segment is below for your viewing pleasure, via Collider).
Would you like to see The Outer Limits make it to the movies? Is "Demon With a Glass Hand" theÂ right story to tell?Â