It’s finally really happening. After years of rotating in and out of development, with plenty of false starts, a new reboot of The Twilight Zone is officially a go.
The iconic anthology series — a show many consider to be among the best TV series ever made — is coming to CBS All Access.
The show will have a trio of producers with genre experience at the helm: Jordan Peele (Get Out), Simon Kinberg (The X-Men franchise), and Marco Ramirez (The Defenders).
“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,” Peele said.
The news comes as CBS All Access has found success with its revival of Star Trek: Discovery, which the streamer said drove record subscriptions to the platform and has been renewed for a second season. The Twilight Zone joins a roster of CBS All Access scripted originals that includes dramas The Good Fight (a spinoff of The Good Wife), Kevin Williamson fairy tale anthology Tell Me a Story, Strange Angel, $1 and comedy No Activity.
“The original The Twilight Zone bridged science fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before,” said Julie McNamara, exec vp originals at CBS All Access. “Under the auspices of Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez, and with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”
The Twilight Zone revival arrives as individual episodic anthologies have become increasingly popular following shows like Netflix’s Black Mirror, HBO’s Room 104 and TBS’ The Guest Book. In a crowded landscape of nearly 500 scripted shows, individual episodic anthologies are easier to consume.
Meanwhile, reboots and revivals continue to be in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming platforms look for proved and easy-to-market IP in a bid to cut through the cluttered landscape. Key to the reboots is having the original producers attached, which would be CBS Television Studios in the case of The Twilight Zone.