Warner Bros. Looking to Bring The Twilight Zone Back to the Big Screen
It's no secret that here at Dread Central we have a LOT of love for the classic television show from Rod Serling, "The Twilight Zone". As for the movie and other iterations? Well, not so much, but that could change as Warner Bros. is just about ready to enter another dimension yet again.
According to Variety Warner Bros. is clearly bent on transporting its untitled Twilight Zone project to a higher dimension, as the studio is focusing on top-tier directors -- much as it did in its 1983 version. But unlike that flick, which had four helmers steering separate segments, this project will feature a single storyline and one director.
Mutual interest is brewing between WB and at least three individuals: Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and Alfonso Cuaron. (Insiders also say David Yates was on the short list, though his prospects have waned.)
Sources say Nolan has emerged as the front-runner to get the offer, and though his close relationship with the studio is well documented, it's not clear whether he'd take on the project, given its similarities to Inception.
For Bay, it would be his first opportunity to work with Warner Bros. -- and the studio has long coveted his services, given his track record with tentpole projects. Sources add that Bay and his team are high on the script, but one possible obstacle is his desire to get started on passion project Pain and Gain, a black comedy set in the world of competitive bodybuilding.
Cuaron also has a relationship with the studio and the most favorable schedule. He's currently wrapping up production on the space adventure Gravity and has not committed to his next project.
While sources tell Variety that Nolan, Bay and Cuaron are the favorites, there's also a dark horse in the mix: Rupert Wyatt, whose Rise of the Planet of the Apes drew rave reviews and more than $400 million worldwide. Wyatt, who has also not committed to his next project, is a hot commodity in town.
Leonardo DiCaprio would produce through his Appian Way shingle, along with Jennifer Killoran Davisson and George DiCaprio. Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg penned the script, and while plot details are under wraps, sources say the film would be a single storyline that touches on several themes from the Rod Sterling TV show that ran from 1959-1964. 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie was split into four stories, each helmed by an A-list director: Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller.
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