The 5 directors who are competing to bring back The Twilight Zone

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Dec 15, 2012

What do big shot directors Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, David Yates and two others have in common? They're all in talks for a new version of The Twilight Zone.

Yes, that's right. Variety reports that Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Bay (the Transformers films) and Yates (the last four Harry Potter entries), along with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt and Children of Men mastermind Alfonso Cuaron, have all been approached by Warner Bros. Pictures to potentially direct a new big screen edition of Rod Serling's classic TV series.

The last time The Twilight Zone reached movie screens, it was 1983 and the anthology-style film had four different segments helmed by four different directors: Steven Spielberg, George Miller (The Road Warrior), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London).

This time around, however, the movie will feature one storyline and one director. Nolan is said to be the frontrunner—not surprising since he's made a lot of coin for the studio with his Batman movies and Inception—with Bay and Cuaron also high on the studio's shortlist. Although Yates was a hot prospect at one stage, he seems to be fading from contention for now.

Wyatt is described by Variety as the "dark horse" in the race, since he's relatively unknown but just successfully relaunched the Apes franchise for 20th Century Fox.

The movie was first announced back in 2009, with Leonardo DiCaprio's production company behind it and a fellow named Jason Rothenberg hired last year to write the screenplay. There's no word on what the plot would be or if it would be based on an episode from the original series (less likely would be an adaptation of a story from either the 1985 or 2002 iterations of the show).

Which of those five do you think would be the perfect director to bring The Twilight Zone back in all its glory—or should the franchise just be allowed to rest?

(via Slashfilm)