Last November, we heard that CBS will be rebooting The Twilight Zone with Jordan Peele (Get Out) at the helm. In a new interview with Variety, he talked a little bit more about how one iconic element may be handled.
The original Twilight Zone series, which aired from 1959-1964, was marked by its charismatic host and sometimes writer, Rod Serling. He set up and closed out almost every single episode with a cool manner, and usually with a cigarette in hand. Although later iterations of the show across various forms of media didn’t include Serling (he died before any of the two reboots or film were made, though he appears in comic book adaptations and spin-offs occasionally), he has lived on as the undisputed face of the series.
In the interview, Peele admitted he was a little reluctant to take on The Twilight Zone and its incredible legacy at first and has “resisted” filling Serling’s shoes for his reboot. Although he still wants that iconic on-screen host role, he said that he was concerned that, even following Get Out, he is still too associated with comedy would “undermine the serious work [Peele is] putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy.”
Usually far from comedy, many episodes of The Twilight Zone took a hard look at man’s and society’s flaws to send a message to its viewers, and Peele also said that holding that mirror up to society is extremely important right now. There is the hope that old fans of the series will be satisfied, but also the hope that new viewers will be attracted and be open to that kind of introspection.
At this time, there is still no date for when we can expect to see the latest Twilight Zone reboot, although 2019 seems plausible. And if you’re curious about the series, have a look at our recommendations for some of our favorite episodes of the original series’ 156!