Adam Scott will enter the fifth dimension as the actor has been cast in the upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone. The reboot is in the works for CBS All Access and is being headed up creatively by Get Out director Jordan Peele. We've been getting more solid details on what to expect as the series ramps up for production shortly and we've just learned that Scott will lead what appears to be a remake of one of the show's all time classic episodes.
According to multiple reports, former Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott will lead an episode of The Twilight Zone reboot titled Nightmare at 30,000 Feet. If that sounds familiar, it's because William Shatner, prior to his days as Captain Kirk on Star Trek, starred in an episode during the original run of the series titled Nightmare at 20,0000 feet. It's quite clear that Jordan Peele and the writers of the reboot are going to reimagine that nightmare for modern audiences, with approximately fifty percent more elevation to aid them in that quest.
The original episode saw William Shatner as a nervous flyer who was the only person aboard a plane that could see a gremlin tearing apart the wing. Naturally, everyone thought he was crazy, only to later discover that something had actually been messing with the wing of the aircraft. The episode was later recreated in Twilight Zone: The Movie, with much better effects and John Lithgow playing the role originated by Shatner. Richard Matheson cooked up the story originally for the episode that aired in 1963. The Simpsons also did a memorable parody of the episode on a 1993 Treehouse of Horror Halloween special.
As for Adam Scott, he's no stranger to the small screen, nor is he a stranger to the horror genre. Most people probably know him as Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation, but he also recently starred in the supernatural comedy Ghosted on Fox. He's also starred as Trevor on The Good Place as of late. As far as horror goes, he's appeared in movies like Krampus, Piranha 3D and Little Evil. So he seems like a good fit for the episode. It's also hard to think of someone working currently who might be more entertaining in a role originated by William Shatner.
The Twilight Zone has been rebooted twice previously, with varying degrees of success. This latest attempt comes from one of the most exciting minds in the genre working currently. In addition to his work behind the scenes, Jordan Peele will also take on the role previously held by the show's creator, Rod Serling, as the host of the series. The Twilight Zone reboot does not yet have a premiere date, but it's expected to premiere in 2019 and will air exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.