After months of drip-fed news about Jordan Peele’s revival of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, the network has finally given us something more concrete: a teaser for the rebooted series, with official confirmation that it’s finally in active production.
CBS released the new teaser today, packing in a sizzle reel of the original series’ most psychodramatic moments. Sure, it’s almost totally bereft of any new information about the reboot, but the curated clips from the show’s Rod Serling era still manage to set a certain eerie tone. CBS also revealed that principal photography on the show officially began Oct. 1 in Vancouver.
Only at the end do we see what appears to be a fleeting glimpse of the present-day set, but judging from the teaser’s selection of old-school highlights, it’s probably safe to say that the new series will lean heavily into Peele’s penchant for the kind of eye-popping weirdness that spun the Oscar-winning Get Out into the sleeper horror hit of 2017.
Peele’s executive producer role might deceive fans into thinking he’s only involved in the reboot behind the scenes, but, thankfully, that’s not the case. Peele revealed last month that he’ll be stepping into Serling’s iconic shoes as the show’s narrator (and, implicitly, that the reboot will follow the original show’s format).
Peele’s on record saying that he’s approaching the reboot with the sort of ego-free reverence due one of the most influential TV franchises in science fiction history. Now that the show’s finally in production, we’ll hopefully begin learning a lot more details about casting, directing duties, and which themes the creative team will select for inclusion in a thought-provoking, present-day anthology.
CBS All Access hasn’t yet revealed a premiere date for The Twilight Zone, but is promising it’ll hit the streaming service sometime in 2019.