The ‘Get Out’ director is bringing back the classic horror anthology series.
The Twilight Zone lives again.
The classic horror anthology series, which originally ran on CBS from 1959 to 1964 and spawned several revivals, as well as a movie, will be rebooted once again as a new series for CBS All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service announced Wednesday.
Get Out director Jordan Peele and his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, will spearhead the latest revival, alongside Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez. The trio will serve as executive producers and collaborate on the first episode.
“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said in a statement.
“The original The Twilight Zone bridged science-fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content at CBS All Access. “Under the auspices of Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez, and with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”
Created by Rod Sterling, the original Twilight Zone has long been considered the godfather of sci-fi television; the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, and prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways. After its original run in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s on CBS, the series was brought back for three seasons on the network from 1985 to 1989, before returning for a second revival on UPN in 2002 that was hosted by Forest Whitaker.
In 1983, Steven Spielberg produced a film, Twilight Zone: The Movie, that starred Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow. Twilight Zone has also been adapted into comic books, novels, stage productions, radio and games.
The Twilight Zone is the latest original scripted series to join the CBS All Access slate, which already includes The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery, No Activity and the upcoming series $1, Strange Angel and Tell Me a Story.