Joseph Kosinski to Direct ‘Twilight Zone’ Movie

By August 16, 2013

The Twilight Zone

More Twilight is on the way, but thankfully this isn’t the sparkly vampire kind. Another Twilight Zone film has been in development for several years, with guys like Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay on the Warner Bros.’ wishlist for the director’s chair. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is producing, after Let Me In director Matt Reeves backed away to do the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel, THR reports the studio has found a new director: Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski.

The former architect, who got his first feature directing gig with TRON: Legacy a couple of years ago, has made his name as a visual stylist who often uses slick compositions and impressive and intricate production design. Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham was one of many writers to take a pass at the screenplay, but now the project will reportedly be reworked to fit Kosinski’s vision.

Rod Serling created “The Twilight Zone” back in 1959, and it eventually led to the first TZ film, an anthology released in 1983 that featured the iconic “there’s something on the wing!” bit performed by John Lithgow. Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller, and John Landis each directed portions of the anthology, but this version will be a science fiction movie with one major story that only shares similarities with the original TV series/film in that it’ll try to capture the same uncanny feeling they evoked. Kosinski seems to be well-respected in the critical community, although the screenplays he’s directed have often come under fire. The story is absolutely paramount to the (creative) success of a Twilight Zone movie, so we hope the studio can track down some talented writers to craft this into a film as memorable as the ’83 version.

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