CBS green-lights Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot for their CBS All Access streaming service.
Jordan Peele isn’t sitting on his Get Out laurels. The director and performer is now taking on a classic: A reboot of The Twilight Zone for the CBS All Access streaming service.
CBS All Access Wednesday announced its pickup of The Twilight Zone, which has been synonymous with sci-fi, fantasy and horror since the Rod Serling anthology’s five-season run from 1959 to 1964.
Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions will produce in association with CBS Television Studios and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele, known to viewers from his Comedy Central sketch show Key and Peele, and Marco Ramirez (Daredevil) will collaborate on the first episode, the announcement says.
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The news is hardly a secret. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said the series would be added to its streaming service lineup in a conference call with investors last month and Peele was rumored to be involved.
Peele, 38, has earned praise for the cultural timeliness of his horror film, Get Out, one of the year’s top-grossing releases with over $175 million at the box office, and an awards-season favorite. He said it’s a good time to revisit the off-kilter world of The Twilight Zone.
“Too many times this year, it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” he said in a statement.
Kinberg, producer of X-Men and Deadpoolfilms, said: “The Twilight Zone was a touchstone in my life. The opportunity to continue its lineage is a dream come true.”
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The Twilight Zone will join another series inspired by a classic, Star Trek: Discovery, on CBS All Access. Other programs on the subscription video-on-demand and streaming service include The Good Fight, a spinoff of The Good Wife; and cop comedy No Activity, an adaptation of an Australian series produced…