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Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, and others being eyed to direct The Twilight Zone

09.30.2011

Looks like Warner Bros wants top-tier talent to lead the way into another dimension.

According to Variety, WB is keen on kickstarting THE TWILIGHT ZONE with a big director to cross us over into the bizarre. Their frontrunner unsurprisingly (considering the success he's brought the studio with INCEPTION and THE DARK KNIGHT) is Christopher Nolan. He's reportedly closely followed in the mix by destroyer of worlds Michael Bay and the smart, elegant Alfonso Cuaron.

Also looked at for the project was HARRY POTTER director David Yates, though Variety says that his prospects to take the job have waned. And while Nolan, Bay, and Curaon are the studio's faves, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES wrangler Rupert Wyatt is apparently a dark horse in the mix, thanks to the surprisingly strong popular and critical success of his APES reboot.

Unlike the 1983 iteration that featured four smaller stories directed by separate A-list directors (i.e. Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller), this new version will cover "a single storyline that touches on several themes from the Rod Sterling TV show that ran from 1959-1964."

So, who do you like? Nolan, I don't see doing it. He's a "one for me, one for them" director, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is his "for them" film. His next (if he can get all the moving parts working) will likely be his long-in-development Howard Hughes biopic which looks at Hughes when he was already nuts. As Variety points out, Bay has seen some version of a script for the film and likes it, but he may instead choose to tackle his competitive bodybuilding passion project PAIN AND GAIN. Cuaron (currently finishing up GRAVITY for the studio) and Wyatt, on the hand, are the only ones of the bunch who don't have new projects lined up.
Extra Tidbit: Why not make a film with four segments like before? The types of stories "The Twilight Zone" used to tell work better in shortform...
Source: Variety

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11:20PM on 10/02/2011
I feel bad for Bay, because after hearing the other names, its pretty much asking to get s**t on, but to me the twighlight zone is more about the writing than the directing anyways
I feel bad for Bay, because after hearing the other names, its pretty much asking to get s**t on, but to me the twighlight zone is more about the writing than the directing anyways
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11:40PM on 10/01/2011
Good directors but I agree that it should be like the previous TZ movie. The original series was different from episode to episode so it would be kind of lame to just have one story unless it is like a Pulp Fiction type thing where it goes back and forth between different stories and make them all tie into each other in some way or another. I also hope it is in black and white. I felt that added a creepiness to the show.
Good directors but I agree that it should be like the previous TZ movie. The original series was different from episode to episode so it would be kind of lame to just have one story unless it is like a Pulp Fiction type thing where it goes back and forth between different stories and make them all tie into each other in some way or another. I also hope it is in black and white. I felt that added a creepiness to the show.
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6:52PM on 10/01/2011
Bay should never be mentioned in same sentence as Cuaron and Nolan. Yes, Bay made some of the movies that I really enjoy (The Rock) but no explosion in Twilight Zone please.
Bay should never be mentioned in same sentence as Cuaron and Nolan. Yes, Bay made some of the movies that I really enjoy (The Rock) but no explosion in Twilight Zone please.
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5:20PM on 10/01/2011

Nolan, Bay, Cuaron...

...fuck, marry, kill...
...fuck, marry, kill...
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11:55AM on 10/02/2011
Is it just me or would pretty much everyone say: Fuck Cuaron, Marry Nolan, and Kill Bay?
Is it just me or would pretty much everyone say: Fuck Cuaron, Marry Nolan, and Kill Bay?
1:31PM on 10/01/2011
I'm just glad they're finally doing another one. They could have cranked out quite a few w/ all kinds of big name directors by now. Gotta think the tragedy during Landis's segment in the first one had a LOT to do w/ it . . .
I'm just glad they're finally doing another one. They could have cranked out quite a few w/ all kinds of big name directors by now. Gotta think the tragedy during Landis's segment in the first one had a LOT to do w/ it . . .
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12:03PM on 10/01/2011

Please don't screw this up WB.

Now listen to me very carefully Warner Bros. If you allow Michael Bay to harm the Twilight Zone in any way I swear to you I'll never watch another WB backed film again.
Now listen to me very carefully Warner Bros. If you allow Michael Bay to harm the Twilight Zone in any way I swear to you I'll never watch another WB backed film again.
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9:23AM on 10/01/2011
Transformers aside, I don't mind Bay but action is his strong suit and if they turn Twilight Zone into an action film it'll have more problems than just Bay.
Nolan would be wonderful as the Prestige and Inception aren't far off the mark as far as tone. Same with Cuaron and Chiildren of Men. Either would be excellent.
Too bad M. Night raped his own career, back in the day he would have been the obvious choice.
Transformers aside, I don't mind Bay but action is his strong suit and if they turn Twilight Zone into an action film it'll have more problems than just Bay.
Nolan would be wonderful as the Prestige and Inception aren't far off the mark as far as tone. Same with Cuaron and Chiildren of Men. Either would be excellent.
Too bad M. Night raped his own career, back in the day he would have been the obvious choice.
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1:00AM on 10/01/2011

Love "The Twilight Zone" series & movie!

The 1 & ONLY director that should be considered for a new movie based on the "TZ" television show (considering "The Twilight Zone" has been mentioned time & time again as his FAVORITE TV series of all time & what originally inspired him to become a [link] in the 1st place!)...is J.J. Abrams!

But if he's busy w/ Star Trek 2...I'd choose Nolan or Cuaron.
The 1 & ONLY director that should be considered for a new movie based on the "TZ" television show (considering "The Twilight Zone" has been mentioned time & time again as his FAVORITE TV series of all time & what originally inspired him to become a [link] in the 1st place!)...is J.J. Abrams!

But if he's busy w/ Star Trek 2...I'd choose Nolan or Cuaron.
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11:27PM on 09/30/2011

Christopher Nolan & Michael Bay????

are you FUCKING KIDDING ME
Chris Nolan in the same vicinity of Bay would be insulting
are you FUCKING KIDDING ME
Chris Nolan in the same vicinity of Bay would be insulting
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10:00PM on 09/30/2011

Remember this?

Wally Pfister (cinematographer) on Christopher Nolan: "...there are the movies out there that he loves and I hate. I'm not a big Michael Bay fan. Chris loves Michael Bay's movies. And so I'm always like come on, dude! But he sees something in it, and I don't see it."

Not particularly important to the subject, but I thought it was interesting, considering how most would agree that Michael Bay seems out-of-place among these talented directors. Funny to think that even though we consider
Wally Pfister (cinematographer) on Christopher Nolan: "...there are the movies out there that he loves and I hate. I'm not a big Michael Bay fan. Chris loves Michael Bay's movies. And so I'm always like come on, dude! But he sees something in it, and I don't see it."

Not particularly important to the subject, but I thought it was interesting, considering how most would agree that Michael Bay seems out-of-place among these talented directors. Funny to think that even though we consider Nolan a far superior talent, Nolan himself actually likes Bay. Anyways, thought I'd mention it.
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1:41AM on 10/01/2011
thanks dude, that's a great fucking quote.. I had no idea!
thanks dude, that's a great fucking quote.. I had no idea!
9:44AM on 10/01/2011
Cool quote. I think it makes complete sense though. People are normally attracted to work outside their scope. Nolan doesn't have to luxury of being wowed by a Nolan film like we do. So he's wowed by work doesn't doesn't resemble his own, like Bay's visual extravaganzas. Plus, I know it's easy to bash on Bay, but creating three Transformers films in the span of only 6 years and making them look like the best damn Blu-Ray movies anyone can own does take a lot of talent. He's not to be
Cool quote. I think it makes complete sense though. People are normally attracted to work outside their scope. Nolan doesn't have to luxury of being wowed by a Nolan film like we do. So he's wowed by work doesn't doesn't resemble his own, like Bay's visual extravaganzas. Plus, I know it's easy to bash on Bay, but creating three Transformers films in the span of only 6 years and making them look like the best damn Blu-Ray movies anyone can own does take a lot of talent. He's not to be underestimated. If anything, he works hard.
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9:47PM on 09/30/2011
Every last one of those is a stupid choice. My picks would be Darabont, Blomkamp, Tarantino (yes, Tarantino), Cronenberg, Edgar Wright; and if possible, Larry David should have a major involvement, be it script or acting.
Every last one of those is a stupid choice. My picks would be Darabont, Blomkamp, Tarantino (yes, Tarantino), Cronenberg, Edgar Wright; and if possible, Larry David should have a major involvement, be it script or acting.
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9:28PM on 09/30/2011
That's a bit of a contrast isn't it? Nolan and Bay. One is an incredible talent and the other likes to blow everything up, tape it, and call it a film. I know who'd I'd rather...
That's a bit of a contrast isn't it? Nolan and Bay. One is an incredible talent and the other likes to blow everything up, tape it, and call it a film. I know who'd I'd rather...
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9:56PM on 09/30/2011
Well, Christopher Nolan does like Michael Bay's movie, so there's that.
Well, Christopher Nolan does like Michael Bay's movie, so there's that.
9:14PM on 09/30/2011

I like bay, but...

He can't do a twilight zone movie. A bunch of shit will blow up everywhere. I love shit blowing up but not in a twilight zone movie. I want nolan or Afrsonsky (IDK how to spell his last name)
He can't do a twilight zone movie. A bunch of shit will blow up everywhere. I love shit blowing up but not in a twilight zone movie. I want nolan or Afrsonsky (IDK how to spell his last name)
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9:12PM on 09/30/2011

Keep Bay Away From This!!

Nolan won't get involved. Now, I'd love to see Cuaron or Yates--preferably Cuaron. I'm just wondering what story they're gonna go for.
Nolan won't get involved. Now, I'd love to see Cuaron or Yates--preferably Cuaron. I'm just wondering what story they're gonna go for.
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9:00PM on 09/30/2011
I think it would be cooler to have the director's each do their own segment, rather than just choosing 1 to make a 2 hour film. All those choices seem good (not sure about Bay but I'll admit I'm curious), and would also like to recommend Fincher, Abrams, Duncan Jones, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, and maybe M Night.
I think it would be cooler to have the director's each do their own segment, rather than just choosing 1 to make a 2 hour film. All those choices seem good (not sure about Bay but I'll admit I'm curious), and would also like to recommend Fincher, Abrams, Duncan Jones, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, and maybe M Night.
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8:43PM on 09/30/2011
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (but good).
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (but good).
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