We already knew Warner Bros. has been searching for a director to help them bring The Twilight Zone back to the big screen, and today word has come down that they’ve made their choice: Let Me In and Cloverfield director Matt Reeves.
Per Deadline final negotiations will get under way early next week for Reeves to helm the Jason Rothenberg-scripted thriller based on the classic Rod Serling TV series. So much for earlier reports that Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, and Alfonso Cuaron were the final three directors in contention!
The Twilight Zone is being produced by Appian Way partners Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran with Michael Ireland. Warner Bros.’ Matt Cherniss is the executive producer. Though the last Twilight Zone film was an anthology with different directors, this one is a big science fiction action movie with a single freestanding story that is linked to the original series mainly in that it shares its familiarly eerie feel. The hope is to sign to sign Reeves quickly, continue to work on the script, and get the picture into production by next summer.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Reeves juggles all the various projects he’s attached to: He recently signed on to develop and direct This Dark Endeavor, a revisionist take on the Frankenstein tale based on Kenneth Oppel’s novel, with Jacob Aaron Estes writing the script for Summit Entertainment. Reeves is also slated to direct the Justin Cronin vampire novel The Passage for Fox 2000, and he’s got a deal at Universal to write and direct a film based on the Ray Nelson short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning, about a man who awakens with the realization that aliens are all over the place and control society.
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