Maybe you’ve noticed; things are a little weird right now. You aren’t alone if you feel like we’ve been transported into a…different place. A middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. A dimension of imagination that you might call…
Alright, so maybe that’s not exactly how you’d put it, but you know the feeling. We’re living in weird times, and those weird times call for weird TV. This makes it very appropriate that CBS is rebooting one of the weirdest, best television series it’s ever produced, The Twilight Zone.
Originally airing in 1959, The Twilight Zone made an otherworldly mark on television history like no other show since. The show is famous for its twist endings, groundbreaking science fiction, and relevant tackling of social issues. So for CBS to be planning a return to the series, the person in charge must be able to tell those types of stories in a new, entertaining way.
Well, they’ve found the perfect person. From 2012-2015, Jordan Peele dominated television comedy with the sketch show Key & Peele. After that, Peele exploded onto the big screen by writing and directing the breakout horror hit Get Out, which came out in February of this year. Both projects featured dark satire, poignant political statements, and elements of fantasy that can be both hilarious and downright disturbing.
Peele is making his dedication to the project very clear. According to the Los Angeles Times, Peele has stated:
“Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences.”
Well we certainly agree Jordan, and we think you’re the man to do it. For those of you that might be unsure of whether Peele is up for the task, check out this sketch:
Tell me, doesn’t that seem pretty nightmare-dimension to you?
The Twilight Zone will also be produced by Simon Kinberg of the X-Men franchise, and Marco Ramirez of Netflix’s The Defenders. It will air on CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video-on-demand service. Stay tuned to Nightmare on Film Street for the release date and any upcoming info!