Derrickson, who most recently directed 2012’s “Sinister,” is writing the “Outer Limits” script with “Sinister” co-writer C. Robert Cargill.
MGM has spent four years trying to make a movie version of “Outer Limits.” The sci-fi TV series aired from 1963 to 1965 on ABC, with a reboot airing from 1995 to 2002 on Showtime. In 2010, while it was seeking a buyer, MGM hired writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write an adaptation.
Mark Victor is producing the latest version of “Outer Limits” with Derrickson and Cargill focusing on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With a Glass Hand” episode. That segment aired in 1964 and centered on a man with a computerized hand and no memory of the previous 10 days who discovers he’s from the future and being hunted by aliens.
Derrickson’s credits also include “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and “Deliver Us From Evil,” which opens July 2 and stars Eric Bana and Olivia Munn.
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Jon Spaihts recently came on board to write “Doctor Strange.”
News about “Outer Limits” was first reported by THR.com.