Fans aren't the only ones excited about The Twilight Zone reboot coming to CBS All Access. Plenty of stars want in on the action, too. Jordan Peele, who made a name for himself in the world of comedy before directing the Oscar-winning thriller Get Out, is behind this new iteration of the classic anthology series. And some big names are getting in on the scary business being planned.
Kumail Nanjiani has just crossed over into The Twilight zone. The actor will star in an episode of the new CBS All Access original series. The episode is written by Alex Rubens (The Last OG, Key and Peele). Nanjiani joins previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele and other cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.
Nanjiani recently starred in The Big Sick, which he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The story of their real-life relationship, the film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He is also known for his role as Dinesh on HBO's Emmy Award-winning comedy Silicon Valley.
The Twilight Zone is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg's Genre Films. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.
The original The Twilight Zone premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS. The series took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. The Twilight Zone became a worldwide phenomenon as it used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. It was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. Every episode of the original series is available to stream now on CBS All Access.
Production on the streaming series kicked off in October of this year, and has been going ever since. Shooting continues in Vancouver, British Columbia. We've been promised a new batch of bizarre stories that will be entertaining at their core. There will also be a lot of social commentary about the times we currently live in packed into each episode.
The Twilight Zone is a worldwide phenomenon that has stood the test of time, and it's a concept that suits Jordan Peele's sensibilities as a director perfectly, as he sets out to explore the human condition with socially conscious sci-fi and horror stories that are sure to get under your skin and stay there for a minute. While Kumail Nanjiani's specific episode hasn't been revealed, we do know that Adam Scott will be starring in an episode based on the classic Nightmare at 20,0000 feet, which gets a modern reboot. The episodes will be a mix of old and new, with plenty of twists and turns thrown in to keep all fans on edge. This news comes direct from CBS All Access.