It’s announcements such as this one that make me wish this was 2019 and I was already an established screenwriter, hot in demand out in Hollywood and the go-to guy for weird genre projects (dreaming a little wishful dream here, so work with me). Because, if so, I’d be the guy tapped to handle this by Leonardo Dicaprio and his Appian Way production team, signing on the line to almost single-handedly revive the greatest genre name ever, the most influential and brilliant bastion of storytelling that yours truly has ever seen and adored: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). But, alas, I’m still in the early rungs of the career, figuring my pen/voice out and mapping through the steps necessary to one day get “there.” Today, I’m “here,” and reading that Dicaprio’s company has hired screenwriter Rand Ravich to write the script of a new Twilight Zone film, backed by Warner Bros., which seems to be envisioned as a modern-day take on the anthology film approach used by John Landis and Steven Spielberg back in 1983.
Late last year, there was reports that Dicaprio was intending to produce a full-length flick for a single T-Zone episode, “Death Ship,” not a film featuring three or four stories wrapped into one cinematic gift. This anthology approach is much better, if you ask me….brings it back to the Creepshow/Vault of Horror days, the days I love and the type of film that I one day hope to scribe myself (I already have the film’s name, which I won’t say here….now, I just need the actual included-stories to flesh themselves out).
Whether Dicaprio himself will star in this is undetermined, but I’m hoping he does….as the trailer for Marty Scorcese’s Shutter Island shows, Dicaprio looks right at home in some 1950s Gothic creeplands. I’d imagine this Twilight Zone will take place in our years, though, but still. Any chance to connect my excitement for Shutter Island to anything else is never passed up.
I’ll be keeping magnifying-spec-close eyes on this one, for further news, casting, details, the works. If you know anything more than just surface-level-shit about me, you know how hugely-meaningful The Twilight Zone is to me; I could sit here and list the episodes that I’d love to see this film update, if they go that route, but this would turn into a novel-length post, and I got work to day, dammit. I’ll just say this, for now…..”Five Characters in Search of an Exit,” starring Michael Shannon as the Hobo. Just feels right.
News spotted over at: Empire Online