When I hear about a remake, especially of a show I adore as much as The Twilight Zone, I groan and wonder just how badly they’ll handle it. But CBS is bringing back one of its most legendary shows and they may have just found the right person to do it.
CBS announced that The Twilight Zone is on its way back with Jordan Peele of Key & Peele and Get Out leading production alongside Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, Legion), and Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, The Defenders). The series is coming exclusive to CBS All Access, CBS’ streaming service known best for this year’s Star Trek: Discovery.
The three producers intend to collaborate on the first episode, according to the press release, though writers for future episodes haven’t yet been announced.
“Too many times this year, it’s felt like we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said. As one of the major creative forces behind his eponymous Comedy Central show, Peele tackled a wide variety of social issues dealing with things like class, race, and gender, often using genres like horror to approach the topics. That approach reminds me of the original series’ creator and host, Rod Serling. Serling is best remembered as the staccato-voiced, cigarette smoking host, introducing each episode, but he was a major force behind it. The show would use fantasy, science fiction, suspense to tell stories about modern issues from a different point of view, often ending with a twist meant to drive home the idea. If anyone is fit to revive The Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele seems like the perfect choice.
CBS has tried to bring back the series a few times throughout the years without much success – I’m hoping this time will be different. The series doesn’t have an air date, but at this point I’d be willing to guess at late 2018.