The once beloved 1959 sci-fi mystery tv show, The Twilight Zone, is getting a fresh new reboot. The old host Rod Serling will be honorably replaced by Oscar-winning Jordan Peele. The show is set to air on CBS in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.
Peele, Kinberg, and Marco Ramirez will serve as the show’s executive producers.
“Too many 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.” Producer Peele said in an interview with Variety.
The original twilight zone series had five seasons spanning over 1959 to 1964. It was created by Serling to serve as an anthology series that opened viewers into sci-fi, fantasy, and horror in every episode. The black and white classic is now on Netflix, being streamed by all. The show has been rebooted twice before. Once in 1986 on CBS, running 110 episodes. The second, on UPN, aired in 2002 lasting 43 episodes. There also was a 1983 film adaptation, “The Twilight Zone: The Movie”.
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves announced the plans for this latest reboot back in November 2017, after the show got the green light. The show is rumored to bring a Trump-era take on America. The new series will air on CBS All Access in the US, although no UK broadcasting has yet been confirmed. As for an air date, the show is estimated to come out in 2019.
Many debate as to if Peele is right for the position as both host and producer. After his movie Get Out, we can agree that it shares the same moralizing weirdness that made the original Twilight Zone tick.
The Twilight Zone holds a special, memorable place in everyone hearts. It is a cult classic that hands down everyone wants to see be rebooted. Make sure to follow Peele on Twitter to see teasers and catch wind of any release dates. But for now, just binge the old seasons!