When CBS boss Leslie Moonves said during the company’s earnings call last month that a reboot of the iconic TV series The Twilight Zone was set for SVOD/live-streaming platform CBS All Access, he did not disclose details as deals with creative auspices were still in negotiations.
Those deals now have closed, and the new Twilight Zone is being announced officially. It hails from CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Daredevil, The Defenders) will serve as executive producers for the series and collaborate on the premiere episode. Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon will also serve as executive producers, along with Carol Serling, widow of The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, and Rick Berg, manager of the Serling literary estate.
“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,” said Peele, coming off the success of his movie Get Out.
Added Kinberg: “The Twilight Zone was a touchstone in my life. The opportunity to continue its lineage is a dream come true, and I’m so thrilled to be doing it with Jordan, Marco and the team at CBS All Access.”
The Twilight Zone aired for five seasons on CBS, from 1959-64. “The original The Twilight Zone bridged science fiction, horror and fantasy together to explore human nature and provide social commentary in a way that audiences had never seen before,” said Julie McNamara, EVP Original Content at CBS All Access. “Under the auspices of Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg and Marco Ramirez, and with the creative freedom that the CBS All Access platform affords, this is an incredible opportunity to bring today’s audiences a modern reimagining of this iconic series.”
At CBS All Access, The Twilight Zone joins Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, No Activity and the upcoming $1, Strange Angel and Tell Me a Story.