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‘The Twilight Zone’ Is About to Get a Visit From ‘Oblivion’ Director Joseph Kosinski

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There are few shows as beloved and important to fans of genre cinema as Rod Serling’s ‘The Twilight Zone,’ which ran from 1959 to 1964 and set a gold standard for science-fiction, horror and fantasy on television. The show’s legacy is so strong that it’s survived several TV reboots and a mediocre 1983 film adaptation … but can it survive ‘Tron Legacy‘ and ‘Oblivion‘ director Joseph Kosinski, who is in negotiations to take the series to the big screen again?

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, saying Kosinski is poised to join Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and Warner Bros. to helm the film. Other than that, details remain scarce. We know that a bunch of writers have tried to tackle the project, but with a new director on board, it wouldn’t be surprising if everything gets thrown away and development starts from scratch.

Of course, there’s one big elephant in the room: how do you make ‘The Twilight Zone’ into a movie? The original show was an anthology series, tackling a new story every week, swapping genres and tones at the drop of a hat. The ’83 adaptation was a collection of four short films that saw a handful of acclaimed filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and George Miller, update iconic stories from the original run with mixed results. The multi-story anthology format seems like the best (and only) direction for this project, since ‘The Twilight Zone’ has always been about a wider universe of irony, horror, miracles and ideas, not a single story.

If this is the direction Warner Bros. pursues, will Kosinski direct every story in the film? And will the stories be newly created or riffs on some of the classics? We don’t know … and if you want us to be completely honest, we’re a little worried about this franchise being in Kosinksi’s hands. His films may be technical marvels, but he has yet to make a film that’s truly satisfied from a storytelling level. If there was one thing ‘The Twilight Zone’ always got right, it was story. He’s certainly got his work cut out for him.

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