Production is ramping up on CBS All Access’ reboot of The Twilight Zone under the supervision of Jordan Peele, and Simon Kinberg. We already know that Sanaa Lathan has signed up to star in a segment called “Rewind”, but it’s now been announced that the Peele reboot is going for another kind of rewind. All Access has announced that they’re redoing the classic Twilight Zone segment “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, and that Parks and Recreation actor Adam Scott is about to go for a plane ride he won’t forget.
In the 1963 original written by the legendary Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), a man taking a flight notices a gremlin on the wing of the plane trying to sabotage it. Although he tries to raise the alarm, no one on the flight believes him, so he’s forced to take matters into his own hands to stop the gremlin. William Shatner, six years before donning the uniform of Captain Kirk, played the man on the plane.
The segment has already been remade once for the Steven Spielberg-produced Twilight Zone: The Movie directed by George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road). John Lithgow played the man on the plane in that version. The Simpsons also spoofed the bit in “Treehouse of Horror IV” with Bart in the role of the man, but instead of a plane, he sees the gremlin on the side of the school bus.
Announced by CBS All Access, The First Purge director Gerard McMurray will direct the episode, which will now be called “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”. Scott’s previous horror experience includes roles in Piranha 3D and Krampus.
Peele, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of Get Out, is not only the producer of the series, but he’ll be filling the shoes of Rod Serling as the host of every episode. So far, no other details about the series have been released.
The new Twilight Zone will premiere sometime in 2019 on All Access in the United States, international distribution has not yet been announced. We’ll have more news on The Twilight Zone as it becomes available.