“It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity…” So goes Rod Serling’s memorable opening for The Twilight Zone, arguably one of the best TV series of all-time. Each episode served as a standalone story that excited storytellers and audiences alike; the possibilities were limitless. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced on Thursday that the dimension of imagination would be opening up once again, this time on CBS All Access.
Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is attached with Marco Ramirez (Daredevil and The Defenders) onboard as writer and showrunner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Peele’s involvement seems particularly auspicious following this year’s surprise hit Get Out.
The high concept horror film serves as proof of concept for a 21st century Twilight Zone episode; Netflix’s Black Mirror is often described in that very way. Throw in the success of FX’s American Horror Story and Fargo, two shows that tell a new story each season, and the climate feels right for a Twilight Zone reboot.
Serling’s sci-fi anthology series originally ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959-64 and resurfaced over the years: a feature film in the ‘80s, two revivals and even a beloved amusement park ride. The decision to debut the show on All Access is a sign of CBS’ doubling down on their SVOD platform. Subscribers currently enjoy exclusive series like Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight, both of which have been renewed for second seasons. The Twilight Zone is an attractive addition to their arsenal in the ongoing streaming wars.