Warner Bros Wants Nolan, Bay, Cuarón, Wyatt for New 'Twilight Zone'
We've known for a few years now that another new Twilight Zone movie was in the works, but we didn't know much else besides who was writing. Now Variety is reporting Warner Bros is actively developing the project again and is pursuing a bevy of highly acclaimed filmmakers to direct. While I wish all of them could work on this, only one will, as they also confirm that "this project will feature a single storyline and one director." The top names on the list are: Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay and Alfonso Cuarón. Harry Potter's David Yates was also on there, but he's since backed off of it; there's also one more name in the mix.
This new Twilight Zone project is being developed at Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way with Rand Ravich (The Astronaut's Wife, "Life") the last known writer on the screenplay. While story details are still unknown, sources with Variety say the film would be a single storyline that touches on several themes from the Rod Serling-created TV show that ran through the early 60s, as expected. This is no doubt a high profile project and it makes sense they're pursuing very big directors like Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay. I'd totally love to see Nolan take on Twilight Zone, imagine the kind of world we'd get to see with that, but who knows where he'll go after The Dark Knight Rises. Bay, I'm not so sure; Cuarón, I'd love to see his take on this, too.
One other name they mention is also in the mix is Rupert Wyatt, director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Escapist, coming off of a fantastic summer, as his film not only hit the box office hard, but also earned rave reviews from critics. He's one of my favorite directors already and I'm glad he's getting thrown into the mix on huge projects like this in Hollywood. At the moment, Variety mentions that "Nolan has emerged as the front-runner to get the offer," but "it's not clear whether he'd take on the project, given its similarities to Inception." Only time will tell, but you can be assured we'll let you know who does get the job.