It's official: A Twilight Zone reboot series from Jordan Peele will be making its long-rumored home at CBS All Access. The series, which was last revived with host Forest Whitaker over a decade ago, will join The Good Fight on CBS’ streaming roster. Created alongside X-Men movie scribe Simon Kinberg, the new Twilight Zone will be a reintroduction to the anthology sci-fi and horror series for modern audiences on a modern platform.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peele and Kinberg will be working with showrunner Marco Ramirez to executive-produce the show, and the trio will shape its premiere episode. A berth on the streaming service could allow the anthology series the same success as Black Mirror, and it could be the exact positioning CBS is hoping for: Black Mirror has drawn frequent comparisons to The Twilight Zone since it debuted on Netflix last year to massive acclaim.
As CBS All Access was almost entirely built off of Star Trek: Discovery and only recently began bolstering its roster of original content, the news that it has ordered the Twilight Zone show to series is just the latest content-strategy move that seeks to distinguish the service as more than a CBS network offshoot.
Now, with buzzed-about series from respected, established creators, CBS All Access is gearing up to go head to head with other large-scale streaming services like Netflix and Amazon that have recently flooded their users with original programming — not to mention the planned Disney streaming service, which will be capitalizing on the company's Star Wars and Marvel properties. Battles for the internet viewer have begun, but the all-out war (or the All Access War) is still to come.