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Warner Bros. has chosen director Matt Reeves to helm
the planned update of The Twilight
Zone. Even with only a few theatrical credits to his name, including Cloverfield and last year’s Let Me In, Reeves was chosen from a wish-list
of directors that included Christopher Nolan and Alfonso Cuarón. Though the
script is reportedly unfinished, plans for filming have been made for summer of
Appian Way Productions, perhaps best known for its founder Leonardo DiCaprio, will be developing the reboot of the beloved 60’s sci-fi anthology series. A film version was made in 1983 which followed the series anthology format by bringing in multiple directors, including John Landis and Steven Spielberg, a partnership that led to an infamous following out between the two following an on-set accident.
Even if you’ve never seen an episode, chances are the influences of The Twilight Zone have not escaped you. Functioning as a kind of supernatural Aesop’s fables, the show was notable for buoying the careers of then-young talents, including William Shatner and Robert Duvall, and the classic stories have become a source of endless parody. All those times someone’s joked that there’s “some, thing” on the wing of the plane? You can thank The Twilight Zone for that.