- CBS TV Studios is in the early stages of a new "Twilight Zone" series
- Bryan Singer ("X-Men") is attached as executive producer
- There is no writer and no attached network at this time
This is the most exciting TV development news we've heard in awhile.
CBS TV Studios is in the very early stages of a new version of the classic series "The Twilight Zone."
Bryan Singer ("X-Men") is attached as executive producer. There is no writer and no attached network at this time. So this project could go nowhere. But the development wheels are turning.
Creator-host Rod Serling's original 1959-64 edition of "The Twilight Zone" is considered one of the best shows of all time. Attempts to revive the series have largely struggled — there was a 1985 edition that ran for three seasons (two on CBS, one in syndication), and another in 2002 on UPN that lasted only one season.
Yet a potential revival now of this ground-breaking anthology show makes sense. Sci-fi and horror series are delivering big ratings (AMC's "The Walking Dead," NBC's "Revolution") and there's several other genre projects coming to the small screen (NBC's "Hannibal" and "Dracula"; CBS' "Under the Dome").
Networks have become less squeamish about edgy content, which has allowed producers to more realistically depict dark subject matter. Plus, FX already took a step toward successfully reviving the anthology format by launching American Horror Story, a drama with close-ended seasons.
There's been a second "Twilight Zone" movie mired in development for several years now too, with Leonardo DiCaprio attached as executive producer. The film is reportedly about a test pilot who returns to Earth after an experimental flight to discover it's 96 years in the future.