The New Twilight Zone Movie: Just a Generic Spooky Action Thriller?

Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield and the U.S. remake of Let The Right One In, is in final talks to direct the new Twilight Zone movie. And he could be making it as soon as next summer. But it won't be what you might be expecting from a film adaptation of Rod Serling's television series.

Here's how Deadline describes the new Twilight Zone, as written by Jason Rothenberg:

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 that familiarly eerie feel.

I have to admit, I'm having a hard time picturing a "big science fiction action movie with a single freestanding story" capturing the feeling of the original show.

The Deadline article also reveals that Reeves is signed up to direct a few other movies as well:

  • This Dark Endeavor, a "revisionist take" on the Frankenstein story, based on the novel by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Passage, an adaptation of Justin Cronin's apocalyptic vampire novel
  • 8 O'Clock in the Morning, an adaptation of the short story by Ray Nelson about a man who wakes up and realizes that aliens are all over the place, and they control our society. (In other words: They Live.)
[Deadline]