A lot of Twilight Zone viewers will agree that what made the original Rod Serling series so memorable was it being aired in black-and-white. This gave the episodes an undeniably cinematic and stark feeling that enhanced the content. Since they were released in more contemporary times, the 1985 and 2002 reboots were of course shown in color. Jordan Peele’s revival is in the same boat, but some fans have actually opted to turn the color down on their sets so they could view the episodes in black-and-white. Well, those people should be enthused by this recent development. Two weeks after the renewal announcement for Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone, the showrunner himself informed fans via Twitter that the current season will officially be available in black-and-white later this month.
In anticipation of the black-and-white cut of season one, CBS All Access has released a trailer to showcase the remarkable grayscaling. In the clip, viewers catch a glimpse of what the series has offered so far. And by the looks of it, the episodes appear more haunting than before.
Now, there was originally some talk of airing the reboot in black-and-white all along prior to the April 1 premiere. Executive producer Simon Kinberg told Vulture back in March:
“We did consider doing the whole series black-and-white, because we were so obsessed with the original show. But we decided we wanted to do something to honor the essence and sensibility and style of the original without going so overboard that we were doing a karaoke version of the original. The black-and-white felt like it was a step too far. It wasn’t honoring it, but a carbon copy of it.”
The new black-and-white edit of The Twilight Zone‘s first season will begin streaming on May 30 on CBS All Access. Are you behind on the current season? Be sure to check out our weekly recaps. How do you feel about this news? Let us know what you think of the show so far on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!