Matt Reeves Lands 'The Twilight Zone' Directing Job with Warner Bros
There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. Deadline (and Variety) reports that Warner Bros has chosen Matt Reeves, director of genre faves Cloverfield and Let Me In, to take on their new Twilight Zone movie. The news is brief, only confirming that Reeves is their choice and "negotiations will get underway early next week." We teased a few weeks ago that WB was considering a few very high profile directors, like Nolan, Cuarón or Michael Bay, but it looks like Reeves got the job in the end. Awesome! I think Matt Reeves really is the perfect choice for this.
Out of most of the directors they were reportedly looking at, Reeves is ideal and, come on, we all knew Nolan was a pipe dream anyway. And I think this is the best way to follow-up his fantastic sci-fi career already, as I know he'll do wonders with this and deliver a kick ass, eerie, awesome Twilight Zone movie. Deadline reminds us that while the 1983 Twilight Zone movie was an anthology film with various directors (like Spielberg, Landis, Dante), this new Twilight Zone is simply 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." Sounds a bit vague, but interesting nonetheless. The reports say the screenplay is by newcomer Jason Rothenberg, but Rand Ravich has also been attached as a writer, so I'm not sure which update it is.
Warner Bros' new Twilight Zone is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio through his Appian Way company along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Ireland. The project is just being developed now, and Reeves has numerous other projects he's involved with, like The Passage and This Dark Endeavor, not mention The Invisible Woman. Deadline says that the hope is to sign on Reeves quickly, work further on the screenplay, and "get the picture into production by next summer", then maybe in theaters by 2013. I hope it all goes through, I'd really love to see Reeves make this movie as soon as possible. What do you think?