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If Matt Reeves, director of 'Cloverfield' and 'Let Me In' feels a bit strange of late it’s probably because he has officially crossed over into the 'The Twilight Zone.' Word is that Reeves has been selected by Warner Brothers as their choice to direct the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic Rod Serling television series. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Michael Ireland will produce the new film, which will not be another anthology story like that of the 1983 film. Instead, the new 'Twilight Zone' will be a single, large-scale sci-fi story that captures the feel and tone of the series.
This is exciting news. As a fan of the original series, I was skeptical of another 'Twilight Zone' movie being produced. But the fact of the matter is that if they are not adapting an existing episode for the big screen, the possibilities for the new film are wide open and we run no risk of treading on holy ground. If all they are trying to capture from the series is its signature creepiness, any number of stories could be crafted. The fact that they have specifically stated that they are going to do one big sci-fi story means that Reeves is a great choice for director; 'Cloverfield' proving he can handle giant sci-fi epics. But his work on 'Let Me In' also demonstrates he can deliver nuance and character-based eeriness so there is hope that the new 'Twilight Zone' won’t just be a mindless sci-fi blockbuster.
The new 'Twilight Zone' film is slated to go into production this summer. Spillios, what do you think of this director choice? What's your favorite episode of the classic 'Twilight Zone' series?