Warner Bros.’ long-gestating Twilight Zone movie is finally back on track, with the studio nabbing Christine Lavaf (Fringe, I’Human) to write the screenplay.
According to Variety, the movie is set up at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, with DiCaprio producing alongside his partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
The new Twilight Zone flick has been in the works at Warner since 2009, and the last time there’s been some movement on the movie was in 2013 when Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) was in talks with the studio to direct the project, with Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) penning the script. Before that, Rand Ravich (Life, Second Chance) and Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Flash movie) took a stab at a script.
The Warner Bros. movie is based on The Twilight Zone TV series created and hosted by Rod Serling back in the 1950s and 60s. A mix of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, it ran between 1959 and 1964 on CBS. Serling also acted as executive producer and wrote (or co-wrote) 92 of the show’s total of 156 episodes! Notable guest stars included William Shatner, George Takei, Robert Redford, Roddy McDowall, Vera Miles, Elizabeth Montgomery and Cloris Leachman.
The series was first adapted for the big screen in 1983 with Twilight Zone: The Movie. It boasted four different storylines that were directed by four different directors: John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. Warner Bros. is eschewing that approach for their Twilight Zone movie by focusing on a single storyline instead of several.
A first series revival was set up at CBS and in syndication between 1985 and 1989 while a second revival aired on UPN, with the series running for one season between 2002-2003.