DiCaprio Hires a Screenwriter for His Twilight Zone Movie

July 19, 2009

Twilight Zone

It was first announced more than a year ago that Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way would be bringing us a new Twilight Zone movie. Variety announces today they've brought on Rand Ravich (The Astronaut's Wife, NBC's "Life") to write a script based on the iconic TV series. No other details were revealed, however the project seems to still be set up at Warner Brothers. Word from the original announcement last year is that this version will have "one continuing story line based on one or more episodes." But which episodes? That's what I want to know! Rod Serling's original "Twilight Zone" series ran for five seasons from 1959.

In 1983, Steven Spielberg and John Landis (among others) brought us Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, a bit over 20 years later, and we've got another Twilight Zone movie in the works. I'm actually getting kind of excited to eventually see this, but I am a bit worried about how they're going to turn individual episodes into one storyline? I suppose we'll find out soon enough, right? "What you're about to watch is a nightmare. It is not meant to be prophetic; it need not happen. It's the fervent and urgent prayer of all men of goodwill that it never shall happen. But in this place, in this moment, it does happen. This is the Twilight Zone."

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Love the twilight zone if they make this as creepy and unpredictable as the series Im down, sadly I didnt see the first movie think Ill put that on my list of must sees.

Cody on Jul 19, 2009


Okay, I'm totally not against this idea. But, seriously? The writer of Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, The Astronaut's Wife, and Life? REALLY?! Life is the most boring tv show I've ever seen. Those other two movies? Let's just forget they were made.

Fuelbot on Jul 20, 2009


They could do better with the writer. This guy better have real passion for the old TTZ or this is going to flop.

In_rainbows on Jul 20, 2009


this movie better be in all black & white

-Peter- on Jul 20, 2009


I agree it should be black and white. but we all know the studios will think that it will stop people from seeing it, purely because a lot of people out there don't appreciate black and white films. I also don't understand how they will be creating a story from separate episodes. But I guess that's why I'm not a hollywood writer. I hope they don't destroy the twilight zone.

Dan W on Jul 20, 2009


OK, another anthology-style remake of old episodes will be just that: another anthology of remakes. Spielberg & co did pretty well with that 25 years ago, the Vic Morrow/John Landis tragedy notwithstanding. If they could find a way to tie together several episodes with some kind of logical consistency, like they occur in the same strange universe and are part of a larger tapestry, that might be cool. Maybe the kid with the cornfield power could fend off a joint attack by the 3-eyed Martians and the To serve man aliens but be stopped by the guy with the coin who goes crazy but falls into another dimension while the man with the magic lamp tries to straighten it all out but is stopped by the devil, who then must face the guy who turns into the real Santa Claus. A CGI Sebastian Cabot then thwarts him but is himself defeated by Mr. Bevis' guardian angel. Then they are all eaten alive by the Zanti Misfits...oops, wrong show!

zubzwank on Jul 20, 2009


#6, lol

Al on Jul 20, 2009


Would be interesting to see another Twilight Zone movie after all these years. But they really want to think about going with a different writer if they want this to be successful.

snickers on Jul 21, 2009


Life was one of the best shows on television disregarding the normal case of the week complexities in favor of creating one of the few truely character driven shows

silver on Jul 21, 2009


Just on a random note: Did anyone else think that "The Mist" was 10x better in black and white?

Tyler on Jul 21, 2009

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