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Warner Bros picks Matt Reeves to direct their Twilight Zone movie

10.16.2011

Remember when WB was reportedly looking at Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay to potentially direct THE TWILIGHT ZONE? Well, they decided to go with someone cheaper and more sensible: Matt Reeves.

According to Deadline, the LET ME IN/CLOVERFIELD director will enter negotiations next week with the studio to work out a deal to take on the Jason Rothenberg-scripted thriller (Rothenberg's only previous credit is the TV movie BODY POLITIC). Here's Deadline with more on what to expect:

"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 love that last sentence because it shows that this whole project is suspect and indicative that this will turn out to be "THE TWILIGHT ZONE" in branding only. The reality? This is WB's attempt to replicate INCEPTION. I mean, "a big science fiction action movie"? C'mon!

WB hopes to begin production on THE TWILIGHT ZONE next summer.
Source: Deadline

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6:16AM on 10/18/2011
It really should be an anthology of three or four short stories. I feel that having three or four little twists at regular intervals would be far more rewarding than watching a single 90-120 minute story where things will go twisty at the end for the central character, because he's, y'know, in the bleeping Twilight Zone and that's generally what happens when you're in the bleeping Twilight Zone.
It really should be an anthology of three or four short stories. I feel that having three or four little twists at regular intervals would be far more rewarding than watching a single 90-120 minute story where things will go twisty at the end for the central character, because he's, y'know, in the bleeping Twilight Zone and that's generally what happens when you're in the bleeping Twilight Zone.
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9:43AM on 10/17/2011
I have no problem w/ this guy. But I had my heart set on 4 stories by 4 different directors, just like the 80s film . . .
I have no problem w/ this guy. But I had my heart set on 4 stories by 4 different directors, just like the 80s film . . .
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7:55AM on 10/17/2011

Good Move by WB

Twilight Zone should have always been a single story film. As franchise it makes a lot of sense. The only thing that the show had tieing it all together WAS the branding...and Rod Stering. But truthfully, I used to tune in to The Outer Limits and think I was watching the Twilight Zone. WB is right, it's about the eerie premise, the stories. It they can get that right, it's The Twilight Zone, just as The Outer Limits is really just The Twilight Zone too.
Twilight Zone should have always been a single story film. As franchise it makes a lot of sense. The only thing that the show had tieing it all together WAS the branding...and Rod Stering. But truthfully, I used to tune in to The Outer Limits and think I was watching the Twilight Zone. WB is right, it's about the eerie premise, the stories. It they can get that right, it's The Twilight Zone, just as The Outer Limits is really just The Twilight Zone too.
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6:47PM on 10/17/2011
I'm not sure how you can say this is a good move, the Twilight Zone at it's best was 25 minute episodes. The longer episodes were notoriously harder for Serling to write and suffered in quality. Plus the move to make this into a action movie is a terrible idea.
I'm not sure how you can say this is a good move, the Twilight Zone at it's best was 25 minute episodes. The longer episodes were notoriously harder for Serling to write and suffered in quality. Plus the move to make this into a action movie is a terrible idea.
2:16AM on 10/17/2011
Cloverfield left a bad taste in my mouth, It could have been more coherent and better thought-out. The whole plot was frustrating/awkward. I'm willing to give this director another shot tho.
Cloverfield left a bad taste in my mouth, It could have been more coherent and better thought-out. The whole plot was frustrating/awkward. I'm willing to give this director another shot tho.
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4:02AM on 10/17/2011
To each his own, but I thought Cloverfield was awesome.
To each his own, but I thought Cloverfield was awesome.
1:15AM on 10/17/2011

So anyways...

I hope this owns. I hope he writes a really twisted clever story that has never been done. And makes you go holy fuckin shit for years to come. I love movies like that, to me those are the movies that stay with you forever. Like that movie buried had such an amazing ending it stick's with me. There's so much more too.
I hope this owns. I hope he writes a really twisted clever story that has never been done. And makes you go holy fuckin shit for years to come. I love movies like that, to me those are the movies that stay with you forever. Like that movie buried had such an amazing ending it stick's with me. There's so much more too.
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12:37AM on 10/17/2011

How long before..

The Geico spokesman gets a call for the Rod Serling role?
The Geico spokesman gets a call for the Rod Serling role?
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11:34PM on 10/16/2011
If the Twilight Zone brand was the make or break for some interesting sci-fi film to get made, than that seems like a simple enough trade-off. If they just dusted off some rejected script and thought "Hey! We could package this as the Twilight Zone!" then there is a problem.

Inception, Source Code, The Box, Moon, The Adjustment Bureau: these are some recent films that could have been Twilight Zone movies. Let's hope this project stacks up favorably to those.
If the Twilight Zone brand was the make or break for some interesting sci-fi film to get made, than that seems like a simple enough trade-off. If they just dusted off some rejected script and thought "Hey! We could package this as the Twilight Zone!" then there is a problem.

Inception, Source Code, The Box, Moon, The Adjustment Bureau: these are some recent films that could have been Twilight Zone movies. Let's hope this project stacks up favorably to those.
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11:20PM on 10/16/2011
Hope it's as good as the original twilight zone film. Another one I really liked was the amazing stories film. The short film (in amazing stories) mirror mirror was great! I'd hate to be that horror writer!
Hope it's as good as the original twilight zone film. Another one I really liked was the amazing stories film. The short film (in amazing stories) mirror mirror was great! I'd hate to be that horror writer!
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10:44PM on 10/16/2011
I am excited that Reeves got picked to direct this, however, the description of the film kind of put me off. We shall see down the road.
I am excited that Reeves got picked to direct this, however, the description of the film kind of put me off. We shall see down the road.
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