TWILIGHT ZONE Movie moves forward
Last year it was announced that Leonardo Dicaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and Warner Bros were in the early stages of bringing the classic Rod Serling ‘60’s television show The Twilight Zone to the big screen. Variety reported today that Rand Ravich (The Astronaunts Wife, NBC’s Life) has been signed to write a script. Reportedly the concept of this new Twilight Zone feature film will have one continuing storyline based on one or more episodes. At this point there has been no word on what episode or episodes they might use but if you’re a fan of this iconic series (which ran from 1959-1964) you know there is much classic material to choice from. To Serve Man, The Shelter, Eye of the Beholder, Third from the Sun, Time Enough at Last, Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up (clip below), Characters in Search of an Exit, Long Live Walter Jameson, It’s a Good Life, Walking Distance are all great episodes and ten of my very favorites.
As for other post Rod Serling Twilight Zone incarnations, Warner produced a feature Twilight Zone movie back in 1983 with four directors; Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller and John Landis, who directed one installment each. Three of those were based on classic episodes while the Landis entry was an original story. While Dantes and Millers entries faired the best, the movie was mostly remembered for actor Vic Morrow and two child actors who were killed in a tragic accident while filming a scene involving a helicopter. Morrow’s overall segment was left in the finished movie which continues to be an eerie watch to this day. Its currently airing on the HDNET channel this month if anyone wants to check it out.
There were two additional television series in 1985 and in 2002 that tried to revive the magic of the original series but only to limited success from a creative standpoint. Twilight Zone just seemed destined to be a black and white program and producing these episodes in color took something away from it.
I don’t know if the pure genious of Serling’s original show can really ever be recreated in any form. I believe the brilliance of The Twilight Zone was not only a product Serlings one-of-a-kind imagination and keen eye for human behavior, but it was also a product of a time and place that dosen’t exist anymore. Still I love the Twilight Zone and look forward to see what becomes of this new feature based on the classic show.
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