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The Twilight Zone Reboot Gets A New Writer

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The Twilight Zone movie has been in development for a few years with directors like Matt Reeves at one time attached to direct the new reboot film. There’s no telling when the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced The Twilight Zone movie will be released, Warner Bros is pushing the reset button on the entire project. The movie studio is starting again at square one with a new director in Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), as Warner Bros will also bring on a new screenwriter to pen a new screenplay tailor made for Kosinski’s sensibilities and input.

According to Variety, Warner Bros hired screenwriter Aron Eli Coleite to lay down the foundation for the new Twilight Zone movie. It is also reported that the new film will be one central story instead of an anthology film like the original Twilight Zone movie in 1983. The original movie featured four different stories, or vignettes, and a wrap-around narrative from directors John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and Mad Max director George Miller.

When the reboot film was first in development a few years ago, it was also going to be a single narrative movie from screenwriter Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow), which was described as: “a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late.” There’s no telling if this story will end up anywhere in the new Twilight Zone movie, but it’s highly doubtful. Writers Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) and Jason Gothenburg (Proximity Effect) later worked on the script too.

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Joseph Kosinski In Talks To Pretty Up The Twilight Zone

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the twilight zoneWarner Bros has been developing a new Twilight Zone movie since 2009. Director Matt Reeves was at one time attached to helm the new reboot film, but he left the project to play in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sandbox instead. Reports say the new movie has science fiction elements, including outer space and time travel, but it is unclear if this will be an anthology, like its predecessor from 1983, or not. It does seem as if Warner Bros has found a new leader for the re-tooling, in the form of director Joseph Kosinski.

According to Variety, the is in talks with Kosinski to helm The Twilight Zone for Leonard DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company. Kosinski is an emerging voice in sci-fi, most recently delivering the Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion. If he ends up getting the job, this could be another fun opportunity for him to play inside the genre and display his amazing visual sense.

At the moment, Kosinski is developing a couple of large-scale projects. His Tron 3 has been in the works since 2010, when Tron: Legacy grossed over $400 million worldwide. Screenwriter Jesse Wigutow wrote the script for that film, and it is believe that the sequel film will center on the algorithm Quorra (Olivia Wilde). Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, and Cillian Murphy, who had a cameo in Legacy as Edward Dillinger Jr., are all expected to return to the Grid.

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J. Michael Straczynski Will Explore The Twilight Zone In Comics Form

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comboSubmitted for your approval: J. Michael Strazynski. A hard-working writer whose resume stretches across film, TV, comics, and more. The man who gave us Babylon 5, and whose online interactions with fans have been ongoing since before most of the public even knew what the hell an “internet” was. A man whose career keeps surging forward, but which will now carry him back into his own past…and into The Twilight Zone.

Last week, leading up to the annual San Diego Comic-Con, Dynamite Comics made an announcement that didn’t seem to get as much attention as it deserves. Dynamite and Straczynski are going to launch a new expedition into The Twilight Zone, this time in comics form. JMS is signed on for 12 issues, made up of three four-issue arcs. There are no artist announcements yet, so it remains to be seen if one artist will handle the entire run, or if each arc might be tackled by a different artist.

Straczyski spoke to Comic Book Resources and provided a few details about what we can expect from this new Zone. There have been many Twilight Zone incarnations over the years, and the original series is just as powerful now as it was when it originally aired. Straczynski says that comes down to the fact that many of the themes explored by Serling’s show are timeless and universal:

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Richard Matheson’s Five Best Twilight Zone Episodes, Submitted For Your Approval

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Twilight ZoneThe worlds of fantasy and science fiction lost a giant last month with the passing of Richard Matheson. Over a long career, he’s penned tons of classic novels, including I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, and Bid Time Return. Many of his novels were adapted into films over the years, from the multiple incarnations of I Am Legend, the Robin Williams flick What Dreams May Come, and the aforementioned Bid Time Return, which took the name Somewhere in Time for its big-screen outing starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

But I’ve always had a soft spot for Matheson’s Twilight Zone episodes. Matheson was a frequent contributor to Rod Serling’s classic series, penning the teleplay for several iconic episodes, or having other writers adapt his stories. If you’re a Richard Matheson fan, there’s no shortage of the man’s work for you to revisit in his memory. But for me, I decided to revisit my favorite Matheson episodes. Here are my picks for Matheson’s five best excursions into another dimension…into the Twilight Zone

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Walking Dead, Star Trek, Twilight Zone: Independence Day Marathons This Week In Science Fiction

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DeadInsideWe’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in the States this weekend, and for most of us that means some combination of backyard barbecues, fireworks, parades, and liver-pickling alcohol abuse. But what of the antisocial, the bedridden, the buried-beneath-a-toppled-pile-of-comic-book-longboxes? Fear not, for as long as you can reach the remote, there will be plenty to keep you distracted from the fact that you’ve started drinking your own pee while you wait for rescue. We’re talking Fourth of July TV marathons!

AMC will be shotgunning a ton of Walking Dead episodes beginning at 1PM/12c on Thursday, July 4. Season one will air twice on Thursday: once as originally aired and once in their snazzy black-and-white versions, a stylish tip of the hat to the show’s comic-book origins. Season two will unspool on Friday, and then season 3 will air twice, once on Saturday and once on Sunday. Even better, the entire marathon will be hosted by Kevin Smith, and will include a preview of the upcoming fourth season.

If the black-and-white look appeals to you, you might instead want to cruise over to Syfy, where they’ll be blocking out one of their semi-regular Twilight Zone marathons. It will begin at 8/7c on Thursday with “Walking Distance,” a nostalgic, Rod Serling-scripted tale of a man longing to return to his youth.” The Twilight Zone block will continue all day and into the night, finally wrapping up at 5:30 am/4:30c Friday morning. The marathon will include classic eps such as “Time Enough at Last,” “To Serve Man,” and “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”

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Richard Matheson To Receive Posthumous Visionary Award At 2013 Saturn Awards

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mathesonRichard Matheson had been writing and scaring the shit out of people since the early 1950s, and even though his work in his later years wasn’t nearly as memorable within the sci-fi and horror culture, his most classic works still stand heads above 90% of the claptrap out there. As well, his simplistic form of prose is accessible to just about everyone. I Am Legend and Hell House are two frightening books whose cinematic adaptations couldn’t compare to the emotions Matheson’s words provoked, though his Twilight Zone episodes are almost all classics.

So why is it that Matheson’s lengthy career has never inspired the genre-friendly Saturn Awards to present the writer with their honorary Visionary Award? That may never be known, but at least the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Films is trying to recognize their past failures by awarding him with the honor at the Awards’ 39th annual celebration on June 26. Unfortunately, Matheson passed away Monday, June 24, at the age of 87, so the honor is a posthumously presented one. Dammit, Saturn Awards, why couldn’t you have done this in any of the past 39 years, seeing as how Matheson was pretty much eligible the entire time?