Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone series begins production later this year
Sitting down with Deadline during the 2018 TCA, CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and EVP Original Content Julie McNamara have confirmed that Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Simon Kinberg’s reboot of The Twilight Zone series will begin production within the next two months for CBS All Access. The bosses also spoke about who will be overseeing the series, which is set to rollout 10 episodes per season.
When asked about the reboot, McNamara said: “We have a room, we have a first season of concepts, outlines, scripted — various stages of all these things — of that 10 eps a season. We are well on our way, and we are going to start production in the next couple of months.”
Stapf commented that since the series is an anthology the series doesn’t “need to look at it as who’s the showrunner” when asked about who will be running the series. McNamara added that Greg Yaitanes will be overseeing the continuity of the series from a production standpoint.
Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon will also serve as executive producers.
The original The Twilight Zone took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Created by Rod Serling, it was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional drama could not. In 1983 Steven Spielberg produced a big budget anthology film version, Twilight Zone: The Movie, directed by Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller. The show was revived by CBS in the 1980s and ran for three seasons, helmed by the likes of William Friedkin, Atom Egoyan and Wes Craven. It was revived again on UPN and hosted by Forest Whitaker in 2002 for one season. Another revival was attempted in 2012 with Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who was to develop, executive produce and direct.