Jordan Peele, the writer and director of “Get Out,” is posed to bring another trippy series back from the grave. CBS Corps.’ CEO Leslie Moonves recently revealed that CBS All Access is considering a “Twilight Zone” reboot with Peele and potential showrunner Marco Ramirez (“Daredevil”). According to THR, Moonves did not divulge if the series is just in development or has been ordered straight-to-series. If a reboot is greenlit, the series would be produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw production banner, with Ramirez penning the script alongside showrunner duties.
“The Twilight Zone” was a hit sci-fi anthology series hosted and created by Rod Serling, running from 1959-1964 on CBS. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Bill Shatner (“Star Trek” franchise), Robert Redford (“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”), and Carol Burnett (“The Carol Burnett Show”) it is often credited as the American public’s introduction to science fiction and fantasy. The series was known for unexpected twists and turns which captivated its viewers, eventually earning Serling a Golden Globe for best TV producer and three Primetime Emmys for outstanding writing and cinematography.
CBS All Access has seen a groundswell of subscriptions to its platform since the premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery,” which is only readily available on its site. The studio had recently attempted to resurrect the cult classic in 2012 with Bryan Singer (“X-Men” franchise) developing, directing and executive producing, though nothing came from the collaboration. It previously had a revival season in 2002, hosted by Forest Whitaker (“Arrival”), and an earlier, three season revival in the 1980s.
In a crowded TV landscape, with hundreds of shows and multiple platforms for viewers to peruse, classic reboots with individual, episodic stories could find some traction. As “The Twilight Zone” was originally produced by CBS, the project would be staying close to home. Peele is well versed in psychological thrillers like “The Twilight Zone,” currently riding the wave of critical acclaim he received for “Get Out,” a story about a black man taking a seemingly innocuous trip home to meet his white girlfriend’s parents.
CBS has declined to comment on Peele and Ramirez’s involvement just yet, and has not released additional details since Moonves’ announcement.