Bryan Singer is going to try bringing The Twilight Zone back to TV (again)


33 Responses to “Bryan Singer is going to try bringing The Twilight Zone back to TV (again)”

  1. nvlady says:

    I love vignette style TV shows/series. The Outer Limits was cool. I mean, if they get guest writers, directors, etc. use it as a mini movie spotlight for up and coming talent each episode like Tales From the Crypt did, it could work. Don’t homogenize it, which network TV seems to have a dire need to do.

    • Brainspore says:

      That would make for a better show but not necessarily better ratings. One reason shows like “The Walking Dead” do so well is that once they build an audience, fans don’t want to miss a single episode for fear of missing a critical plot development (assuming they can find an audience in the first place, anyway).

      • nvlady says:

        Sure, but that also had a built in base of comic followers who were going to watch to see how the comic translated into film/show. 

        The point of the Twilight Zone is its always been a platform for short stories/moral/rhetorical spooky stories.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Be careful what you wish for, Bryan Singer! Especially since you might accidentally end up being Hitler if you don’t phrase the wish just right.

  3. theophrastvs says:

    just a notion, name it “Night Gallery”.  that has a cool ring to it.

  4. Slartibartfatsdomino says:

    I remember the 1985 series. Didn’t Spielberg have something to do with it? Regardless, I remember it as too tame.

    • CliffordS says:

      Are you thinking of Amazing Stories?  That was hit or miss.  But their production values were very good.

      • Slartibartfatsdomino says:

        Ah, yes, I conflated the two. I do remember the 85 Twilight Zone series as well, but obviously my memory’s not quite good enough to decide what I ultimately felt about it. 

        • Jose says:

          Twilight Zone: The Movie was produced by Spielberg and John Landis, released in 1983. That’s the one where the actor Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed in a helicopter accident during filming.

  5. Patrick Oden says:

    The trouble with the reboots is that they assume what you ended with, that Twilight Zone was about being creepy.  It was that, in part, but it was also rather moralistic and insightful about the human condition.  Thinking Twilight Zone is just another horror show is where it has gone wrong since the original series.  

    • Thorzdad says:

       Wish I could “Like” this comment a bajillion times.

      Twilight Zone was so often not creepy…nor horror…nor macabre…nor sinister. It was just (usually) damned good speculative story telling. Sometimes sci-fi. Sometimes fantasy. Sometimes simply “what if”. But, it always had a sharp insight into what it meant to be human.

    • Patrick says:

      Like Thorzdad, I agree fully.  And I also don’t think that we need to be geeked about the “new places” it could go, since storytelling is timeless, and new effects have proved over and over again to be not much help.

  6. Christopher says:

    Doesn’t Singer have better things to do, like helping make Mockingbird Lane into a series?

  7. Thorzdad says:

    I was watching TZ re-runs the other night, and they showed an episode that must have originally been broadcast live. It was really amazing to study how they worked the two-camera set-up, alternating shots as one camera was live and the other one moved to a new position. Sometimes noticing that a scenery wall had obviously been moved into place, etc. It was a really cool show of early tv production.

  8. Cowicide says:

    I don’t mind rehash attempts, sometimes you end up with great stuff.  The worst that can happen is that it sucks and you stop watching it.  BFD.

  9. Daemonworks says:

    If they can get writers of the same calibre as the original series…

  10. Jose says:

    Dang.  At first, I misread the italics.  A Hannibal and Bates Motel series sounds a lot better than a Hannibal show and a Bates Motel show.

  11. Spocko says:

    I remember the Outer Limits originals scared the crap out of me as a small Vulcan (my emotions were still out then) and they had a lot of nightmare fuel images. “the zanti misfits” especially. The reboot of Outer Limits had some excellent thought provoking episodes that were well written but the “Control ” voice turned the “moral” of the story into something stupid. 

    I just ignored the Control voice and watched the show deal with future science ethics. 

    • Spocko says:

      Scarier when seen on a blurry black and white screen sitting in the dark while 6 years old.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        It doesn’t help that he looks like the Jack in the box from the Island of Misfit Toys.

        • welcomeabored says:

          I’ve been humming this tune to myself all day.  I love the holidays.

          WHY AM I SUCH A MISFIT ?
          Johnny Marks

          Why am I such a misfit?

          I am not just a nitwit.

          You can’t fire me I quit,

          since I don’t fit in.

          Why am I such a misfit?

          I am not just a nitwit.

          Just because my nose glows,

          why don’t I fit in?

    • Shane Simmons says:

      Some of the episodes of the newer “Outer Limits” were excellent.  Some…ugh.  Right there with you on the Control voice.

  12. I *loved* the 1985 series. In fact, one episode, “Quarantine”–about a cryonaut unthawed in a transhuman future full of bio- and femtotechnology–was one of the biggest influences on my taste in sci-fi. There were some lame episodes, sure, but there were lame episodes in Serling’s original, too.

    However, I’m no big fan of Brian Singer. His “H+” web series is an utter joke.

  13. bazzargh says:

    I really like anthology series stuff, for the freedom it gives the writers to explore the unexpected. So in a related note, it’s worth pointing out that False Positive just started season 2… 

    For those who haven’t seen it, FP is an odd webcomic; it’s professionally drawn, in the anthology vein, rather than the usual ‘single arc’ or ‘single shot’ - though maybe more Tales from the Crypt than the Twilight Zone. There’s seasons with breaks rather than random pauses, or slow drip feeds (I hope this catches on – for the sanity of artists & readers everywhere!). And there seems to be an overarching plot connecting some of the stories, or possibly a Stephen King-like shared universe; but so far Mike is keeping it vague enough to taunt us. The endings are a bit weirder than the old EC comics.

    Anyway, fun if you like this kind of thing, and have the patience for webcomic pace.

  14. townandgownie says:

    Sigh. Failure. You can’t remake classic TV series because no one is courageous enough to adopt a similar atmosphere and technique as the classic (which is why it’s a classic in the first place).

    Remakers HAVE to try to one up the original with better effects, more horrible situation, etc, etc.

    If they were smart, they’d pick up right where the old series ended and except for color and HD it would look and sound pretty much like the original series.

  15. sam1148 says:

    Do it in black and white and have Jon Hamm Host it. 

  16. tubacat says:

     Absolutely — I still watch old Twilight Zone episodes, and they aren’t creepy – they are just what Patrick Oden said: insightful, psychological. Plus you get to see actors who later became famous before they were – obviously Wm Shatner, but I saw a great one with Warren Beatty who played a young man and the same man 20 years later (with gray sideburns)…

    • Preston Sturges says:

      I recently saw a 1960 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents doing Roald Dahl’s (“WIllie Wonka” etc etc etc) “…………… “The Smoker” (also known as “Man From the South”), was filmed twice as both 1960 and 1985 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and also adapted into Quentin Tarantino’s segment of the 1995 film Four Rooms.[77] This oft-anthologised classic concerns a man in Jamaica who wagers with visitors in an attempt to claim the fingers from their hands. The 1960 Hitchcock version stars Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre.[77]……”

      Young Steve McQueen opposite aging Peter Lorre was a real treat!

      Also, Dahl’s short stories were the basis of the early episodes of “Tale Of The Unexpected.”
      Read more:

  17. Shane Simmons says:

    Not sure how to feel about this.  The last attempt crashed and burned spectacularly.  If they devote enough budget to it, and enough decent talent to it, it could rival the original.  If not…

    Offtopic, I know, but when I see something I want to watch on Netflix, don’t have time, and check later only to find that it’s gone, my first reaction is usually, “That’s not fair. That’s not fair at all. There was time now.”

  18. Preston Sturges says:

    Do you really think they could do an episode like the 1963 “He’s Alive” where Dennis Hopper plays a loser who becomes a Neo-Nazi leader under the guidance of Hitler’s ghost?

  19. Gerald Mander says:

    Rod Serling’s instincts will be found where, exactly? He didn’t just host it, he oversaw it. He bought scripts from Richard Matheson, Earl Hamner Jr, Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Jerome Bixby, Henry Slesar. I’m not saying that writers of their caliber don’t exist now (stunt-casting predicts Michael Chabon), but I’m not sure that taste-makers of Serling’s caliber do.

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