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'Tron Legacy' & 'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski Hits 'Twilight Zone'

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August 16, 2013
Source: THR

Joseph Kosinski / Twilight Zone

Last fall, Let Me In director Matt Reeves fell away from Warner Bros. big screen revival of The Twilight Zone, and he went on to direct the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes instead. Since then, no replacement has been named, and filmmakers that were on the studio's wishlist like Christopher Nolan and Alfonso Cuaron are busy. But now a director has been found with Tron Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski currently in talks to take on the project being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran and their Appian Way production banner. So what will happen with the script?

A handful of writers have worked on the script with Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) being one of the most recent, but THR says the project is being redeveloped for Kosinski. Still, no plot details are available, but last we heard, while the 1983 Twilight Zone movie was an anthology film with various directors (like Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe 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." That's likely still the case with only one director on board.

Kosinksi has a keen visual style, but his sense for a unique and cohesive story could use some improving, so we wish this was more of an anthology approach, and directors like Drew Goddard could get on board. We're not sure how soon this project might get off the ground, but it's clearly a priority for Warner Bros. Maybe to get the ball rolling DiCaprio can get involved in front of the camera too. Though he already starred in his own sort of Twilight Zone story with Shutter Island. Hopefully we'll get some details on the story sooner than later. Happy to have Joseph Kosinski directing The Twilight Zone?

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  • Yohan Park
    While I enjoyed Tron Legacy and to some degree Oblivion. They are visually and conceptually stunning. But as others may notice his work is weak on story and character development, which I am concerned might hurt Twilight Zone.
    • OfficialJab
      Tron Legacy had an outstanding story, poorly told. Same with Oblivion, a bit less so.
  • Dirty_Sanchez2000
    JK is a really bad director. Tron and Oblivion prove that. He is however an amazing visualist and could be the best Production designer in the industry. Someone needs to sit down with him and have an honest conversation about where his real strengths are.
  • crystaltowers
    I feel that both TRON:Legacy and Oblivion had quite enjoyable and cohesive stories, beneath their absolutely stunning visuals. I tend to wonder if people complain about story cohesion in films where the visuals are so impressive, because the visuals are just so damn good lovely that the story can't keep up. But that doesn't mean the story wasn't solid. I've seen Oblivion twice now and it even has a lot of classic science fiction elements (conspiracy, identity, robots, AI, design) that will make repeat viewings a joy. Are you an effective team? Casual criticism of Joe Kosinski's efforts to make both serious AND entertaining science fiction, in a year when Pacific Rim is being lauded, makes me wonder if people are losing their minds. To me, Pacific Rim was like eating a cheeseburger with my eyeballs.
  • cobrazombie
    Kosinksi is an interesting visual stylist, but his ability to direct an interesting story is lacking. A bit like Zack Snyder (who I like/dislike for the same reasons)
  • avconsumer2
    ...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."... lol... well yeah, I guess it is being "developed" (read: completely rewritten), for Kosinski. Next up for Kosinski... Romeo & Juliet.... a big sci-fi action movie with... oh I digress.

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