The Twilight Zone, one of the greatest television series ever produced, was a milestone in television history, legitimizing genre storytelling in the medium and telling consistently daring and intelligent stories on a weekly basis. It's remained a part of the public consciousness ever since its inception in the 1960's, spawning several revival series and an anthology feature film in 1983 with installments directed by A-List filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller. Now, Warner Bros. is trying to mount another feature film adaptation of the classic series with A-List directors, only this time they're all competing to tell a single story, rather than uniting for another series of memorable spooky tales.
Variety reports that Warner Bros. is pursuing Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and Alfonso Cuaron to direct The Twilight Zone, which will tell one story connected to elements of the original series. Those are all busy, busy men (and we have a hard time believing that Nolan will be interested, even though he's reportedly the front runner), so Warner Bros. also has a backup in mind: Rupert Wyatt, whose first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was a surprise box office and critical success this summer. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates was apparently considered, but is now considered unlikely. Maybe he's too busy with The Stand?
Details on the script are scarce, but it's being written by Jason Rothenberg, a man with only one produced screenplay to his credit: the pilot episode of Body Politic… which has yet to be picked up.
We're assuming his script for The Twilight Zone must be pretty good, but it's a shame that Warner Bros. couldn't pursue this kind of talent for another anthology film. Imagine, if you will, a film featuring the work of all of these popular directors, and then imagine how much easier it would be to attach them if they were only responsible for 15-20 minutes of content apiece, rather than hoping vainly that one of them will be willing to drop all their current projects to direct a movie based on a TV series, classic though it may have been. Oh well. It's fun to dream.
And hey, with a little luck this movie and that Rod Serling biopic they announced in July could even come out the same year.
CraveOnline will be back with more Twilight Zone news when we have time enough at last.