Jordan Peele has opened up a bit about his upcoming The Twilight Zone reboot. The series is set to begin filming this year and comes from Peele's Monkeypaw Productions. This also comes in the wake of Peele's directorial debut Get Out, which took everyone by surprise last year and turned the man from sketch comedy mastermind into modern horror mastermind with a single movie. Now, Peele has discussed his trepidation to take on the project and their approach to bringing back the classic.
Rod Serling was the mastermind behind the original Twilight Zone and he's someone that Jordan Peele has a tremendous amount of respect for. When he initially got the call to step in for the reboot, Peele was understandably reluctant. However, Simon Kinberg called him once again a few months later, which led to him officially jumping on board. Here's what Peele had to say about it.
"I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip 'Twilight Zone' off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call."
During the press tour for Get Out, Jordan Peele called his movie a "social thriller." The movie certainly held up a mirror to society and, in that way, Twilight Zone seems like the perfect thing for him to take on. As for the creative team's approach to this reboot? They're taking ego out of it and trying to deliver a show that they feel is sorely needed right now.
"The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling's mission. If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow 'Twilight Zone' fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it's a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society."
Another classic element that will return is the idea of a host introducing each episode. Rod Serling handled hosting duties during the show's original run. The idea has been floated to have Jordan Peele do it for this new iteration. However, he's reluctant to do so, worrying that he's still too associated with comedy in the eyes of many. For now, it remains a mystery as to who will be filling Serling's shoes in that role.
The original Twilight Zone ran for 156 episodes on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The series has returned twice previously. Once in the 80s for three seasons and once, for just a single season, from 2002 to 2003. The reboot will air on CBS All Access. Production is slated to begin before year's end, which means we could see the new take debut in 2019. We'll be sure to keep you posted as new information on the series is made available. This news comes to us courtesy of Variety.