During a chat with reporters from Variety, Jordan Peele, the Academy Award winner, spoke on the third revival of the classic sci-fi series, Twilight Zone. According to the writer/director, someone will helm the role as host, previously held by Rod Serling, but he’s doing all he can to resist taking on that position.
According to the Get Out creator, he would like to be the host of the series, but he knows that his face is commonly associated with comedy, so it might take away from the more eerie and sinister elements of the show.
With that said, in truth, he would like to host it. “The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission.”
In Peele’s view, the show did a fantastic job of giving society, as a whole, a reflection in which to look at itself. “It’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society,” the director remarked.
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Reportedly, Peele’s new Twilight Zone series will be created by CBS Television Studios along with Jordan’s production company, Monkeypaw Productions.
Peele, Marco Ramirez, and Simon Kinberg will be the executive producers of the series and will work on the first episode together. Variety reported that Rosenfeld and Chon would work as executive producers later on, and filming begins later this year.
The original Twilight Zone, which ran from 1959 until 1964, has gone done in history as one of the most innovative series of its time and has influenced countless remakes, parodies, spoofs, and re-creations.
In 1983, Steven Spielberg created an anthology film called, Twilight Zone: The Movie, which was directed by John Landis, Spielberg, George Miller, and Joe Dante.
It came back on the air in the 1980’s on CBS, and ran for three seasons, featuring the likes of Wes Craven, Atom Egoyan, and William Friedkin.