Why Singer thinks his Twilight Zone needs to star A-list talent

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Feb 15, 2013, 7:26 PM EST

Bryan Singer has a plan for his proposed Twilight Zone reboot -- but he says he's going to need a lot of help to make it happen.

News that Singer was getting involved with yet another new version of the classic anthology series first surfaced last January, with the X-Men and Jack the Giant Slayer director negotiating with CBS to develop and executive-produce the show. But with Singer now taking the helm of next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, projects like this and his Battlestar Galactica movie may have taken a back seat.

Singer, however, says he's still very much attached to The Twilight Zone, telling Total Film:

"I’ve taken over The Twilight Zone. I’d love to direct one -- at least the pilot. It’s really not easy to jumpstart an anthology show, particularly because it’s hard to pair them with other things. The production is complex too, because you don’t have standing sets and you have a revolving cast. But I like the challenge."

Singer goes on to say that for The Twilight Zone to be successful again, it needs to attract the kind of top-notch actors and writers that the 1959 Rod Serling original featured:

"If we can get Twilight Zone to a place where A-list talent is participating, then it would emulate the experience of the Rod Serling show which had, you know, William Shatner, Agnes Moorehead, Burgess Meredith...all these terrific actors doing these really serious morality tales. If we achieve that it could be really something."

Certainly the 1985 version of the program attempted to aspire to those same goals (the 2002 version not so much). And Singer, who has worked with actors like Tom Cruise, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Kevin Spacey, probably has a deep enough contact list on his phone to make a few calls. 

But will top-shelf talent be willing to work for less pay on the kind of anthology series that is rarely seen these days (except on New Year's Day marathons)? And will the Twilight Zone "brand" still be strong enough to attract a new generation of viewers already bombarded with plenty of sci-fi series on broadcast and cable?

We don't know, but we'd like to see Singer give it a shot.

(via Giant Freakin' Robot)