Joseph Kosinski in Talks to Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ for WB

Joseph Kosinski Talks Direct 'Twilight Zone'

Warner Bros. is in talks with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski to helm “The Twilight Zone” for the studio and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.

Warners has been developing the project since 2009 as a potential tentpole. While the 1983 feature “Twilight Zone” had four separate storylines, this pic will have one story with elements from the “Twilight Zone” universe.

DiCaprio will produce with his partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Michael Ireland.

“Oblivion” took in $286 million worldwide for Universal following its April opening. Kosinski also directed 2010’s “Tron: Legacy.”

Anthony Peckham was the most recent writer to work on the screenplay for “The Twilight Zone.”

“The Twilight Zone,” created and hosted by Rod Serling, ran as a series CBS from 1959 to 1964.

The show melded fantasy, science-fiction and horror elements with Serling serving as the exec producer and writing or co-writing 92 of the show’s 156 episodes along with delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode.

Rand Ravich (“The Astronaut’s Wife”) and Joby Harold have been attached at various points to write the “Twilight Zone” script. “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves was in talks to direct “The Twilight Zone” in 2011.

The THR.com website first reported the Kosinski negotiations.

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  1. Kenmandu says:

    Ha! Another pathetic Hollywood re-imging which means gore, explosions, illogical story narrative, and, of course, heroes jumping off 70-story buildings with ease. Memo to these film-makers: want to look like an untalented fool–make a TZ remake.

  2. Kenmandu says:

    The best thing about TZ remakes is that it underscores the mediocrity of Hollywood’s mainstream film-makers of today by comparison. Can’t wait to see the bloody, pointless, “re-imagining” of these classic tales–LOL.

  3. Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE proved (over time) not only prescient but equally disturbing and a caveat for future generations.

    George Orwell wrote “1984” in 1948 but the story’s import appreciated through the decades since its authorship; no less the case for Rod Serling (with others) composing salient narratives in the ’50s and ’60s that commented upon their times while alluding to a “dark” future if caution not taken.

    Any potential “problems” with the rebooted TZ will be with that typical –and essential– trifecta of script, production and direction; all three dictate casting and control of everyone’s performance, in front and behind the camera.

    The powers-that-be will ultimately decide if the film will be a pedigree…or a dog.

  4. harry georgatos says:

    Kosinski has to bring a dark, chilly subtext to the film in todays complex and uncertain world. If it’s like the horrible 1983 feature film then the studio is flirting with disaster. If it doesn’t address the issues of today but takes stories out of the 50’s tv series and doesn’t make them relevant for a modern audience then I don’t like it’s chances. Kosinski make’s interesting looking sci-fi but bland story’s with TRON:LEGACY and OBLIVION. A new TWILIGHT ZONE movie has to be genuinely disturbing.

  5. LOL says:

    Joseph Kosinski has swagger for days, but his movies are cold and uninteresting. The kid has got style, but watching his stuff is an ordeal. Should stick with Matt Reeves. Nuff said.

  6. Paul Chitlik says:

    And who will be writing the TZ movie?

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