Warner Bros Has a Big Name Shortlist to Direct a New 'Twilight Zone' Movie

Friday, 30 September 2011 14:32 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Warner Bros Has a Big Name Shortlist to Direct a New 'Twilight Zone' Movie

With recognizable properties at an all-time premium amongst movie studios, it is in no way surprising that Warner Bros is looking to get a new theatrical The Twilight Zone up and running.  The would be revival of Rod Serling's classic television series that ran from 1959 to 1964 and featured fiercely intelligent, top-notch storytelling that often ended with a surprising conclusion upending the audience's notions of everything that preceded it.  For the new would-be movie, Warner Bros has sight their sights pretty high, as their wishlist for a potential The Twilight Zone director includes Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaran, Rupert Wyatt, and Michael Bay.

According to Variety, the new movie would be a single, unified story in the spirit of Serling's series.  Four stories from the original series were previously made into a theatrical anthology movie in 1983, with Steven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis, and Joe Dante each directing an individual segment.

Four names as illustrious as those practically demand that the new movie have a top-tier blockbuster director, and that's apparently just what the studio is looking for.  Christopher Nolan is, of course, the Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Inception mastermind currently filming The Dark Knight Rises for the studio, which has produced all of his films since InsomniaAlfonso Cuaron, who previously directed the masterful Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men, also has a relationship with the WB, having helmed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  He's now finishing up his long-in-gestation Gravity for the studio and hasn't yet settled on a follow-up.

Speaking of Harry Potter, David Yates, the man behind the last four installments in the franchise, was also a possibility at some point, but it seems he's more or less out of the running, perhaps because of The Stand, the Stephen King adaptation he's developing with Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.

Michael Bay, a polarizing auteur if ever there was one, most recently directed Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has never worked with Warner Bros before, and he's publicly stated that, after three jumbo-sized Transformers movies, his next film will be the lower-budget dark comedy Pain & GainRupert Wyatt, described as the dark horse on the list, recently hopped to the big time with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which rather unexpectedly earned $400 million dollars globally this summer.  He has expressed interest in directing a sequel to that loose prequel, but 20th Century Fox has yet to make any moves to make that happen.

Rand Ravich and Jason Rothenberg wrote the top secret The Twilight Zone screenplay, and Leonardo DiCaprio is producing through his Appian Way banner.

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