In a Thursday earnings conference call, CBS CEO Les Moonves said the company’s streaming service, CBS All Access, will be rebooting the classic sci-fi/horror anthology The Twilight Zone, which originally aired on CBS in 1959. (This is excellent news since I personally have been on a Twilight Zone bender lately.)
The reboot will be among a handful of shows that are available exclusively on the CBS streaming platform, CBS All Access. This handful includes Star Trek: Discovery, which was renewed for a second season.
Although CBS would not confirm any information beyond that which was given by Moonves, several reports say that Jordan Peele (of Key & Peele and Get Out) would be producing the reboot. Jordan Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw Productions, is behind the show. Marco Ramirez of Marvel’s The Defenders, will be writing the script. In addition to this he will be the show runner on the reboot. As of now, no release date has been set.
Twilight Zone In Film
The Twilight Zone has had previous notable reboots in film and on television. In 1983 a Twilight Zone anthology film was created. It attracted the attention of such legendary directors as Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante, and George Miller.
Twilight Zone TV Reboots
Following the film, a new run of the television series was released, which aired from 1985 to 1989.
Like the movie, the second run of the television series attracted some major, major, writers and directors. It featured episodes by George R. R. Martin and adaptations of stories written by Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, and Arthur C. Clarke. The 85 to 89 series featured the directing talent of Wes Craven and William Friedkin, among others.
In 2002 a one-season revival, hosted by Forest Whitaker, aired on UPN.
Where To Watch The Original Series
In the mean time you can catch episodes of the original series on many of the available streaming platforms out there. All 5 seasons of the original series are available for streaming on CBS.com (R), Amazon (R), and Hulu (R). Seasons 1,2,3, and 5 are available on Netflix (R). Fewer episodes can be found on DirecTV Now.
I plan on continuing my Twilight Zone binge until the release of the new series.