The fact that Jordan Peele is working on a reboot of the classic horror/sci-fi series The Twilight Zone should be proof enough that he’s a huge fan of the franchise created by Rod Serling in the 1960s. It turns out, the series made such an impact on him, his sophomore feature film, Us, was inspired by a specific episode. The details were revealed by Rolling Stone journalist Brian Hyatt as part of an extensive interview Peele gave the publication.
“[Peele’s] initial inspiration, appropriately enough, was the old Twilight Zone episode ‘Mirror Image’.”
Peele confirms this, stating:
“[‘Mirror Image’ is] terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling,” Peele himself said of the episode. “And it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination.”
In “Mirror Image”:
While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes (Vera Miles) has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.
Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen to her family. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member.
Us stars Anna Diop, Elisabeth Moss, and Lupita Nyong’o.
What do you think of the fact that Jordan Peele’s Us is inspired by The Twilight Zone’s “Mirror Image”? Are you excited to see Us when it arrives in theaters this March? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!