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The remake machine will not be slowing down anytime soon. That being said, the one remake that always had the potential to establish its own voice even while capitalizing on a legendary name is the new 'Twilight Zone.' The first film took some of the best episodes from Rod Serling's incredible television series and worked them into the vignettes of a stellar anthology horror movie. When it was announced that another 'Twilight Zone' film was in the works, the preponderance of episodes still unadapted meant we weren't necessarily going to get the exact same movie we saw in 1983. Now it appears the plot of the remake has been revealed and, sure enough, it's comfortably unfamiliar.
"Warner Bros. is developing The Twilight Zone (based on the venerated Rod Serling sci-fi TV series that also sparked a 1983 film), that until recently was to be directed Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). It follows a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late."
So yeah, time travel. My guess is that what we're seeing here is the setup for the framing device or wrap-around story. My guess is the new 'Twilight Zone' will also be an anthology that pulls from the series' extensive catalog of phenomenal episodes, because what would be the damn point otherwise? So this is more likely the plot of the story that will serve as the threadline that ties them all together. I'm disappointed Matt Reeves is no longer helming this, but making the move over to 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' may actually be exceedingly wise on his part. The fact that this project seems bent on only having one director seems a fundamental misunderstanding of what made the original great, and indeed what can make many anthologies great: the collaboration of several talented artists. I hope that will be the next announcement regarding the new 'Twliight Zone' movie, that multiple directors have been signed.
What do you guys think? Could a new 'Twilight Zone' movie work? Do you like this idea for a wraparound story or do you think it might be one of the segments. If you had to choose, say, four directors for this project, who would they be?