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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Jordan Peele was "terrified" of rebooting The Twilight Zone -- and isn't sure he'll assume the on-camera Rod Serling role
“I was terrified,” Peele tells Variety. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call" from CBS Television Studios. According to Variety, "Peele has resisted — but not ruled out — stepping into Serling’s on-camera presenter role for the revival. The new series will have someone in that job, speaking directly into camera, teeing up each episode. But Peele worries that his face is too associated with comedy, that his presence would undermine the serious work he’s putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy."
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
How relevant is The Twilight Zone now?
Source: The Atlantic
A Twilight Zone theater adaptation in London and a planned CBS All Access revival from Jordan Peele are aiming to capitalize on the relevance of the Rod Serling classic to modern times. “There are countless entries in Rod Serling’s groundbreaking anthology sci-fi series that seem constructed for the 21st-century world, which is presumably why there are so many ongoing efforts to reboot it,” says Sophie Gilbert. She adds: “The question is, can the show still resonate with audiences hardened by the crueler speculative stories of Black Mirror and the more intense paranoia of The X-Files? The paradox of The Twilight Zone now is that it’s steeped in nostalgia and tied up with longing for a simpler time, even though no television show has more expressly warned against the impulse of yearning for the past.”
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
The Twilight Zone is being rebooted for CBS All Access
Les Moonves announced today during CBS' earnings call that a new version of The Twilight Zone is headed to CBS' streaming service. Moonves offered few details. Rod Serling's classic TV series, which ran from 1959 to 1965, has been rebooted as a TV series twice before, on CBS in 1985 and on UPN in 2002. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele is behind the reboot, noting that Get Out was described "as an African-American version of The Twilight Zone."