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They Control The Transmission!! MGM Hires FEAST/SAW Writers To Pen Big-Screen OUTER LIMITS!!

I am – Hercules!! As if to remind us that James Bond and The Hobbit are not the only franchises it controls, MGM is moving forward with a big-screen version of “The Outer Limits.” Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who scripted Project Greenlight’s “Feast” before they went on to write four “Saw” movies, have been hired to script a “Limits” for the cinema, according to Variety. The original sci-fi series ran two seasons on ABC between 1963 and 1965. MGM then managed to produce seven more seasons of the series between 1995 and 2002. At least since 2008, Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company has separately been looking into launching a new single-story “Twilight Zone” movie at Warner Bros. There’s no word on whether MGM is also pursuing a one-tale approach. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Aren't most movies just one story tales?

    by Dodgy

    Like Inception might be considered a twilight zone style story... or the box... Or or or...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Will it have a naked Alyssa Milano?

    by prunkhaft

    Then it's not an Outer Limits that I care to see.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Not that I object to strange tales..

    by Dodgy

    i just can't see the point of them being labeled 'Twilight Zone' or Outer Limits, unless you're gonna make an anthology movie, or tv series...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by prunkhaft

    It would have to have two or three storylines, much like the Twilight Zone movie. But in 3-D.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Saw guys to write The Outer Limits? That's the best they could d

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

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    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

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  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I thought "Charlies St. Cloud" was the Twilight Zone movie?!?!?!

    by WickedJacob

    I hope Zac Effron stars in this. I hear he's the next Johnny Depp.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Outer Limits =

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    The poor mans Twilight Zone.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    So We've Gone From Harlan Ellison....


    ...and the screenwriter of Hitchcock's "Psycho", to the guys who wrote "Feast".<p>Whoopeeeeeeeeee!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Good that MGM are making something

    by Ecto-1

    and not just pinning all their hopes on Bond and The Hobbit. I don't have a problem with these writers and I'd say give them a shot. I love the first Feast film, but the two sequels were just really stupid and shit. Although they had a couple of really beautiful shots in them that show the need for John Gulager to get away from making schlock. I've not bothered watching any of their Saw sequels as I couldn't care less about that franchise.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:03 a.m. CST

    3D Justin Bieber Biopic. Now THAT's real news

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Does MGM even have the money to hire those writers?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Let alone have the money to make a big screen OUTER LIMITS movie. Aren't they, like, broke? They don't have the money to make a new Bond movie. They don't even have the money to complete the RED DAWN remake, for fuck's sake.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Pricklepants

    A biopic? A concert movie is one thing, but a biopic? Dude is 16. And looks like he hasn't even hit puberty yet.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:41 a.m. CST

    007 and Hobbit are not the only franchises in Limbo

    by onezeroone

    Isn't that what you mean? This can now join those two in projects that will never come to be till MGM's debts are sorted out.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST


    by onezeroone

    You sir, talk as if a Justin Bieber biopic will amount to anything more than his teen years.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    According to the article,

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    Davis Guggenheim, the guy who directed Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore, will direct the biopic. The end of times is near.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Good if not better writers on small screen.

    by PhilipMarlowe

    Get some of the writers from Deadwood, Rome, Veronica Mars. I am not a full fledged Browncoat but even Whedon's Firefly starcluster with slower than lightspeed ships was somewhat of a departure from the norm. Show some creativity. Harlan Ellison's best stories were about people being faced with choices that no one has had to make before. Get some ideas and writers like that. You can only blow things up real good for so many times and make it interesting. Oh I know. It will be more intersting when you blow things up in 3D.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I was alwaysa Twilight Zone fan myself.


    Never watched more than 3 or 4 episodes of Outer Limits.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    rumours over the weekend have MGM selling Bond to paramount

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    apparently it will be official by the end of this week Paramount has agreed to pay 1.8 billion for the James bond catelog and future control of the character... perhaps MGM is already using some of that money to get other smaller projects off the ground like the outer limits

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Note to Dicaprio:

    by Flibbertygibbet

    If John Landis offers to direct, say no. Then punch him in the face for me. Cheers.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    If WB goes ahead with a twilight zone film

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    make it an anthology and hire director's like Chris nolan, John carpenter and even M.Night Shamalan (yes, he could do a great 25-30 minute TZ story). Make it an event with each director getting to do his thing

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    There's been talk of an outer limits movie

    by James_Camera_On

    for nearly three decades. It's not going to happen. There is no need for it to happen. There is no point to it happening. Nor is there any money for it to happen. Maybe someone could make a comic book out of Outer Limits and let it go at that. The site Aintitcomicbook (formerly Aintitcool) could have fun with that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Feast and Saw eh? Oh well, that's going to be a class movie then

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    For fucks sake. Will they hand the first draft in in crayon?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    They need to take that hundred thousand

    by Ringworm

    and put it in a pickle jar marked "Hobbit"

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Outer Limits was more of a creature feature...

    by darthwaz1

    Whereas Twilight Zone was idea driven and rarely needed effects.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Forgive my poor understanding of things

    by davidwebb

    But given MGM's current situation, and that they aren't likely to be making any films for a while.. why not complete Red Dawn, or press on with a safe earner - Bond or The Hobbit - rather than this? Seems like a waste of time and money.

  • What the fuck, I thought they were broke.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I liked Outer Limits.

    by cyberskunk

    Original series. The monsters that frightened me as a child were the Venusian atmosphere alien in Cold Hands, Warm Heart, which resembled an evil alien mermaid; and the ghost-like monster from WOLF 359, where conditions on another planet are reproduced in a sealed-off environmental chamber and evolution advances very quickly. But yields a scene where a scientist examining life with a microscope is looked back at by the itty monster that can clearly see him... and then it gets person-sized and starts killing off things in the lab, and can float through walls...<p>There is a roller coaster called Flight of Fear, which used to be The Outer Limits Flight of Fear, but I understand the first part was removed so they wouldn't need to keep paying licensing fees.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    When was Alyssa Milano naked in The Outer Limits?

    by D.Vader

    Since when was the Outer Limits an episode of Emanuelle in Space?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    A Bieber biopic? FUCK THAT KID

    by D.Vader

    He's the fucking antichrist. And fucking any uncreative braindead HACK who is any way associated with this piece of shit project. <p> What a hard life this kid has had! Growing up in Ontario with a single mother! Uploading videos to YouTube and then getting a record deal from it! BOO FUCKING HOOOOOOO.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    You are entering a world.....

    by cookylamoo

    A world of cheap exploitation.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    For more on this project...

    by The Gline

    ...go check out "The Best SF Movies Never Made", which has a whole chapter devoted to the "Outer Limits" movie project.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Don't try to cast Jennifer Jason Leigh?

    by cookylamoo

    She's got issues.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Heavy Metal was the right format...

    by boogel

    For a Outer Limits movie. There isn't any point in buying the franchise if all you are going to do is film a single story line. Three or four small stories with different directors on a modest budget would rock.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST


    by Royston Lodge

    They're still around?<p> You sure that isn't actually MTM?<p> Meow!<p> I miss that little kitten.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    RedBull_Werewolf: I love that idea.

    by Royston Lodge

    For what it's worth.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by cyberskunk

    I, too, like the anthology idea...... I was just thinking, this will never happen, but I like the idea of the movie using classic science fiction short stories. There can be big white letters zooming in on the audience:<p> SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Robert Culp Should Rise from the Dead

    by Aquatarkusman

    Re-attach his glass hand, and pimp-slap all people involved in this idea.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Outer Limits = Awesome Show


    a lot of really interesting and well written episodes.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Didn't multi director anthology fail with Grindhouse?

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    It was not horrible, but I don't think folks is clamoring for another anytime soon.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    (Fade in, kitchen in disarray) But the blackberries were all strangely shriveled and unusable. I still would have relished feasting upon their dessicated husks, but some eerie sixth sense warned me against it. Some strange sense of a larger, more ironic and existential plane of reality beckoned me, but my Eisenhower-era Black & White Moral Sense could not cope with the implications. My inbred sense of Caucasian Entitlement rebelled at the idea of my not getting something I wanted, and I pouted until I decided that the last bag of Hot Buffalo Bugles and a glass of ice tea were acceptable alternatives. <p>I have yet to suspect that I may have just been touched by the hand of god (or at least some higher cosmic / karmic moral authority), so I am content to live in a childlike sense of blissful ignorance. <p>(Fade to black) <p>Top THAT, Harlan Ellison.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by SmokingRobot

    There is no way enough nostalgia for this show. This will tank.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Outer LImits

    by Hipshot

    Was always science fiction, whereas Twilight Zone also did fantasy. I have wonderful memories of both shows.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Where are the new Twilight Zone films that were announced over two years ago? <p>Outer Limits was just a tiny little hemorrhoid on the ass of Rod Serling. Or possibly a malignant tumor on his lung, but you get my point.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    There Was Already A Big-Screen "Outer Limits"

    by SutureSelf

    It was called "Watchmen."

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Regarding the poster and the creature feature

    by rben

    comment regarding Outer Limits, there was much more of an attempt to get it off of that, and onto more thoughtful science fiction stories in the second season especially when you started to see adaptations of stories by clifford simek and eondo binder and the two ellison scripts but it looks like they drastically cut the budget. There was still enough of a budget for "Demon...." and "Soldier" to make them classy but the look of the show dropped off after that. Continuing character shows of the Irwin Allen variety were coming into prominence to finally kill the anthology format. Even the 90s version which may have had a good episode or two, was hampered by a canadian production vibe and an overreliance on gore of a "this disease will turn you into a monster and kill you from the inside out" i.e. an AIDS parable. So we went from cold war paranoia which apparently was the only thing Stefano was interested in, in a "horror" framework and he used science fiction only as a device to the 90s preoccupation with diseases you can't control. As much as i enjoyed the first season of the original series (due to Conrad Hall's great photographic sense and Frontiere's melodramic music, i agree with ellison that the first year was mostly a horror show but the second season if allowed to continue would have keep up with author adapations and been regarded as the better season. If you going to do OL as a movie or TV series you have to use people who have a love of thoughtful, intelligent scripts like Ronald Moore or Damon Lindeloff, not people who churn out interchangable horror franchises...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Great. More hack writers.

    by Durendal

    Looking at their credits...yeah, the latter crapfest Saw films and the Feast series. Feast wasn't bad, but the sequels were some of the WORST movies ever made. Just fucking terrible. Yet people keep handing talentless assholes like these two jobs so they can keep writing complete garbage screenplays.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Maybe if MGM didn't have to pay Scriptgirls salary...

    by conspiracy

    they could afford to hire REAL writers for this project.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    David J. Schow

    by sentencesalvo

    Not involved with this project = epic fail

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Why do studios think bad writers write good?

    by Yelsaeb

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    That transmission creature that Cliff Robertson

    by skimn

    beamed down on the first episode, scared the bejabbers of me when I was a kid.<p>And The Outer Limits episodes were usually known for their intelligence and humanity, something the Feast and Saw frachises know nothing of.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    There should be a Lord of Light movie, too.

    by cyberskunk

    Because you reminded me of the project to make one, with Jack Kirby doing design work. <p> Thanks for the episode recommendation. I'll have to go see if I can find it at hulu. I'm not sure if I caught it on television.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    MGM would be smarter to make this into a TV series

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    a revivial of the weekly anothology format, they would make more money off it then they will off of a movie. a channel like syfy would eat this shit up

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    ah yes, the naked Alyssa episode

    by Bouncy X

    i think its the only one i ever watched beginning to end. sadly the canadian dvd releases of the show are editing the nudity for some reason. i'm guessing they used the network versions instead of the cable ones.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    after how poorly the Twilight Zone show with Forrest Whitaker did, maybe they dont think it would catch on as a series.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    the one thing that makes sense...

    by slappy magoo the money. You couldn't make a Bond movie for less than a 100 million. Forget trying to match the scope of the Rings movies for less than 150. An Outer Limits movie? They could make it for under 10 million, sell the worldwide rights and be in the black before a frame is shot, before a word is written. What will suck (and is probably inevitable) is that it will clearly be a quick buck proposition. There will be no attempt to make it good, just make it cheap, which really, has been the MGM way of life (exlcuding Bond and a few other ambitious titles) for going on 20 years now. It's all been cheap exploitation and attempts at remakes and sequels nobody wanted (hello, Sharon Stone's hoohah, you weren't missed nearly as much as your owner seems to think you were!).

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I'm confused. I thought MGM was shutting down projects...

    by moonlightdrive

    because they had financial trouble? Why are they going ahead with new projects when they could be working on already established/started projects like Bond and Hobbit? (Which people arguably want more).

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I control the vertical and the horizontal.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Bravo MGM

    by SgtSharki

    That's it, throw more money down the toilet because anthology movies based on shows only sci-fi geeks care about is bound to be a money maker. Who runs this company, dart throwing monkeys?

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I think MGM's confused, too

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    What the hell is going on with this studio? :(

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    MGM still makes movies?

    by ZoeFan

    They've released Hot Tub Time Machine this year and that's it. Being close to bankruptcy sucks.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Bouncy X, the 2002 Twilight Zone did poorly

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    because it was on UPN, not because there's anything wrong the weekly anthology format. <p> Interestingly, Guillermo del Toro just announced that he's planning on doing a Night Gallery-influenced horror anthology show on a major cable network, and it'll be formally announced in a couple of months, which was a hell of a lot more exciting than anything Disney-related...

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    The Collector sucked

    by Cobb05

    It was an interesting idea for a movie, but the screenplay blew. First off, it makes no sense why a serial killer would set up traps all over the house and then pick one person who he likes and he traps that person in a trunk and brings that trunk to the next house, so the person can pop out and explain what's going on. These guys are going to fuck up The Outer Limits. They should've gotten some of the Lost writers to pen this instead.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    They should do The Inheritors

    by Jollymorphic

    The two-parter with Robert Duvall. Replace the red scare with the culture wars. On second thought, forget it; we'd probably just end up with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Duvall role.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    best Outer Limits episode that was never made

    by PhilipMarlowe

    Was the Screwfly Conspiracy on Masters of Horror. But it wasn't the best Masters of Horror episode.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Knobules: no need for a Yogi Bear movie

    by James_Camera_On

    "James_Camera_On You are correct sir by Knobules -- And there is no need for a Yogi Bear movie either. Or a remake of 99% of the stuff they redo. But there they it all is." Thanks for the note. I agree. But I would rather watch Yogi Bear in 3D than whatever abomination they are going to try to make of the Outer Limits. The movie won't happen, of course, but the thought is sickening enough.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    I would think this would work better on TV

    by MurderMostFowl

    oh wait.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Marcus Dunstan can we pleaase get THE COLLECTOR sequel?

    by BillboeFett

    what happened to the Collector sequel?

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    The Outer Limits was scary sci-fi....and darn good too!

    by Meta

    But they were 1 hour episodes so it's hard to make it a set of stories. Unless they tied them all together like using the Khyben from Demon with a Glass Hand (the sort of did that with the Showtime/SciFi remake. My favorite episode was The Sixth Finger. Sure the guy in the monkey costume looked bad, but the makeup effects for David McCallum evolving tens to hundreds of thousands of years were incredibly impressive for the time. Better than some stuff they do today. I like TZ and OL but comparing them are like comparing apples and oranges. TZ was about the reaction of the human condition when putting us in bizarre situations and always relied on some surprise twist at the end to make us say "Wow! I wasn't expecting that! That was cool!" OL relied on the underlying theme of science getting ahead of humankind, or going out of control, before we had the comprehension to use it for the benefit of ourselves. Both had its share of good and bad episodes. But for the most part they were both enjoyable.

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Twilight Zone > Outer Limits

    by Tikidonkeypunch