While Star Trek: Discovery has been able to pull in people to CBS All Access, the company is looking for their next big draw. And this next big project is another blast-from-the-past: a Twilight Zone reboot. Director and comedian Jordan Peele has signed on to head the project.
Peele’s addition to the project. no surprise after his massive horror hit, Get Out. But it will be interesting to see if and how this new version of the show will distance itself from other horror/sci-fi anthology shows. It’s no secret that its main competition is going to be Netflix’s recently acquired Black Mirror. Other contenders include HBO’s Room 104 and TBS’ The Guest Book.
This isn’t first time The Twilight Zone has gotten the reboot treatment. After it’s original run ended in 1964, CBS brought the show back from 1985 to 1989 with mixed success. It got it’s second reboot on the now defunct UPN for one short, unsuccessful season. From there, another reboot was discussed in 2012 with director Bryan Singer but that project fell apart. Here’s hoping third time’s the charm.
Still, it’s been a great few years for horror, with 2017 being the best in a long time for the genre. Now might be the right time to bring back this iconic series, and Jordan Peele certainly has the chops to make it work for a new generation of fans.