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DARK KNIGHT Mastermind Christopher Nolan To Tackle Big-Screen TWILIGHT ZONE Next??

Published at: Oct. 1, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

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Variety sources indicate that writer-director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”), who has piled a great deal of cash into the Warner Bros. vaults over the last six years, is now the frontrunner to direct Warner’s big-screen “Twilight Zone” feature.

Non-frontrunner directors apparently talking to the studio about the project include Michael Bay (“Transformers”) and Alfanso Cuaron (“Children of Men”).

Said to be based on a single (as yet undisclosed) episode of the 1959-1964 CBS series, the new script was penned by Jason Rothenberg, who also penned a 2009 Minka Kelly pilot for the CW about young men and women suffering abuse at the hands of D.C. politicians.

The trouble with “Twilight Zone” stories is they don’t typically lend themselves to 100-minute stories. It would be difficult to imagine, for example, that the great episode in which Burgess Meredith broke his glasses would make a good feature. Serling found himself so challenged when CBS expanded the series from 25 minutes to 50 minutes during its fourth season that the series returned to the 25-minute format during its fifth and final season.

Many recent movies, like “Knowing” and “I Am Legend” and “The Box” (the latter two based on a stories by longtime “Twilight Zone” writer Richard Matheson), to say nothing of everything M. Night Shyamalan directed between 1999 and 2008, already feel like big-screen “Twilight Zone” features. So I was wondering how this project might distinguish itself.

The hiring of Nolan, the writer-director behind not only the current  Batman franchise but also acclaimed sci-fi movies like “The Prestige” and “Inception,” would certainly get that done.

Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Now that could be cool.

    by 3774

    And I'm not a Nolan fanatic.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    FIRST!!

    by Spudwick30

    Go NOLAN!

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Girls rule. Boys drool. You are not first.

    by 3774

    Thanx 4 playing, tho!

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Favorite Twilight Zone '85 short:

    by Anti-fanboy

    The one where aliens demand to the UN that mankind get their shit together... the diplomats sweat it out, finally declaring to the aliens that they had achieved worldwide peace. And the aliens say, 'but you weren't bred for peace, you were bred for WAR! Prepare for annihilation!!!" Blew my mind at 12.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait for a Zimmer Twilight Zone score

    by darthpigman

    Hans, you're the greatest, please let me suck your cock.

  • Just looking at IMDB -- Paladin of the Lost Hour, which I remember... A lot of Ellison stuff, actually... The Cold Equations... Clarke's The Star... Haldeman's Her Pilgrim Soul... McCammon's Nightcrawlers. Good series, gonna rewatch.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Vic Morrow & Heath Ledger cameos please!!!!

    by Steve weaver

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Inception WAS an ep of Twilight Zone

    by Sam

    Might as well just re-release it under the name Twilight Zone.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    You wanna see something really scary?

    by Anti-fanboy

    Me and Albert Brooks shat bricks.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    The Box WAS a Twilight Zone episode

    by Jinxo

    It was an episode of the 1980s version of the Twilight Zone called Button, Button". To your point though, it made a better half hour story than it did at feature length. At a half hour they introduced the box and the gimmick (If you push this button you will get a ton of money and someone you don't know will die) and then quickly paid it off.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Love Nolan, but no thanks on this one...

    by boardbrtn

    Not because I think he'd do a poorly conceived version of it, quite the contrary, however I feel Cuaron is better suited for this. Now, what I would love even better than this is if WB makes a series of films out of it, released maybe 4 months apart and each is based upon an episode of the TV show, but directed by a different big name actor. Nolan could do one, Cuaron could do one, even Mike Bay could do one. It'd be interesting and exciting.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Jinxo

    by boardbrtn

    Not sure if you knew it or not, but Button, Button was a Richard Matheson novela.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Will Morgan Freeman be on hand to overexplain everything?

    by Jobacca

    Also,at least one character in every segment will be played by a horribly miscast Leonardo DiCaprio. I hope this flick has lots and lots of helicopter shots......

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    The one thing that Zone remakes lack...

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    ...is not having Rod Serling introduce and end the piece with his cool-ass voice, during which he smokes five packs of Viceroys. Bring him back with CGI, perhaps? Nah, I elect Barack Obama for the job.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    They should do an Anthology

    by Charlie

    It would be interesting to see a Nolan Take, a Bay take and so forth on different stories. However keep it short and sweet.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    And don't forget 'Little Girl Lost'....

    by zinc_chameleon

    Friday March 16, 1962, which is the basis for 1982's horror classic 'Poltergeist'. And the TZ episode was another Richard Matheson gem.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    question

    by dodgethis27

    I've heard it said that almost every great sci-fi or "twisty" concept can be traced back to Twilight Zone somehow. I tend to think that, while not completely true, is the case a lot of the time. What do you guys think?

  • Oct. 2, 2011, midnight CST

    Could be a novelty, create interest in the REAL Twilight Zone

    by chifforobe

    So why not, I suppose. I'm not crazy about Nolan, and as one talkbacker mentioned, without the Serling intro/outro, without the black and white--the Bernard Herrmann music, the best-ever character actors of the 1960s-- well, I guess it will just be something to rent.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    BUT, Michael Bay's Twilight Zone would cause instant dry heaves

    by chifforobe

    It even hurts to write. Thank goodness it won't happen.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    It's going to be the Agnes Moorehead episode

    by proevad

    I think it was titled The Invaders or something similar.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Yawn...

    by THX1968

    I'm kinda getting Nolan O.D. The guys great, no doubt, but I'd like to see him do something that I wouldn't expect, or cannot easily see him doing. I'd like for him to catch me off-guard the way he did with Memento, or the way the Coen Bros. do on a regular basis. I'm certain Nolan retains a sterling sense of humor, so why not a comedy? That would really catch my interest. That said, I think Cuaron is a stellar choice to make a Twilight Zone flick - very interesting. Of course, the project should be another anthology like the first.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Re: anti-fanboy

    by ArmageddonProductions

    It was "A Small Talent For War", which was the precise line the head alien (John Glover) says to the U.N. The U.N. mistakes this line as an admonishment, so they kill themselves getting the world to stop fighting and bring about global peace, so when the aliens return, they read this global peace accord and start laughing. Glover's head alien explains, "No ... you misunderstood. You have a small talent for war, it's trifling, really. We bred you to be great warriors and you failed us!", then, they wipe out the planet. (it was a riff on "How To Serve Man")</p><p> Two other greats from '85: Dee Wallace Stone gets the power to stop time (I think), her family's loud and obnoxious, she can't stand her neighbors and all the noise in the city, she screams "STOP IT!!!" and time comes to a complete stop, everything's finally quiet, she steps outside her house and sees that World War III had started and there's a nuclear missile frozen in time right over her house, so she can never start time up again. The second is the one Joe Dante directed, called "The Shadow Man": a nerdy kid discovers there's a creepy monster that lives under his bed called "The Shadow Man", who tells the kid "I can never harm the person under whose bed I live" and it goes out every night and kills anyone it comes across. So, the kid can go out at night whenever he wants, everybody thinks he's suddenly a badass, then, one night, he's showing off for his friends, confronts the Shadow Man, who picks him up with one hand and starts choking him to death. The kid gasps, "You can't hurt the person under whose bed you live!" and the Shadow Man replies "I know ... I'm the Shadow Man from under somebody else's bed!" Good times.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    The movie sucked!

    by Bloodhound

    I don't care who directed which segment or who starred, the Twilight Zone movie sucked. It's a shame people died while making that kind of garbage.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    armageddon, I remember that now!

    by Anti-fanboy

    Crazy-as-shit aside, there is this thing called The Shadow Man, or Shadow Man in the Top Hat, or Hat Man, that a lot of people have claimed to see in real life. What makes it so crazy to me, is that I saw this thing when I was a kid a few times in my bedroom, and always thought I had kinda imagined it until a few googles a couple years ago. That episode really creeped me out.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Loving Cinemassacre (James Rolfe) getting props

    by ciroslive

    on AICN. I hope Nolan makes an anthology film, written by different people, but starring the same actors.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    I don't think they'll do a previous story...

    by jimmy_009

    If Nolan does it I assume he'll do an original story that takes on the uncanny feel of a Twilight Zone story. He'd be perfect for it.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Rod Serling was The Twilight Zone

    by dukeroberts

    No Twilight Zone project since his death has been right. I think it is fine to come up with other eerie, ironic anthology series similar in tone and style to The Twilight Zone, but they are not truly The Twilight Zone. People should stop trying. The Twilight Zone died with Rod Serling as the true Star Trek died with Gene Roddenberry. That magic can never be recaptured.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Submitted For Your Approval...

    by WingKongExchange

    This could be good. Just keep Michael Bay far far away from it.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I would pay $30 to see the Michael Bay Version

    by locater16

    I just, can't fathom what it would be like. Which is why I'd want to see it. Imagine Inception, but with all the plot directly stolen from any number of other entertainment pieces overshadowed by hours of needless explosions. Heck it might actually be COOL. As Bay wouldn't give a frak about trying to "maintain the illusion" of being uncertain about reality. He'd just "screw it, everything is going to blow up IN SPACE AND UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE"

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    my favorite 80s Twilight Zone

    by oisin5199

    Hands down, "To See the Invisible Man," based on a story by Robert Silverberg. Check it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_See_the_Invisible_Man I remember weeping at the ending. Amazing episode. I loved the original and also loved the 80s version almost as much. There were some crap eps, but some great ones, unlike that later remake. Remember that resurgence of the anthology show with Amazing Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, even Tales from the Darkside? I wish we could see some good quality short story adaptations and original fantasy/sci fi stories again. Those "Masters of" shows didn't quite cut it.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    And When The Sky Was Opened.

    by Carl's hat

    Remember who told you. Carl's hat.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    meh

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    would rather see Cuaron do it

  • two words: "The Island."

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Twilight Zone: The Movie had a great opening

    by MaliceHighload

    Loved that opening scene between Aykroyd and Brooks. Watching it again, it makes me think of a Tarantino scene (except funnier), the way they play that TV show theme game and even start talking about classic Twilight Zone episodes. I saw that movie so many times as a kid, on cable, and always had to close my eyes when Aykroyd goes into that "You wanna see something REALLY scary...?" tag.

  • Here’s the pitch: 2 high school losers (Kaley Cuoco and Summer Glau) attempt to simulate the brain of a girl on their computer, but instead create Lisa (Olivia Wilde), Lisa: “What would you little (nympho)maniacs like to do next?” CUT TO: SHOWER SCENE. The 3 girls are naked and WET, soaping each others BOOBS. Lisa wakes up, after a hefty 3 way with the 2 hot geeks and goes downstairs to meet Chet (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Chet: “I’d like to (lady)butter your muffin.” Lisa: “Sure,” CUT TO: THE KITCHEN FLOOR. The women are naked, WRITHING with pleasure on the floor, legs entwined; SCISSOR FUCKING. Right, I’m off to pitch this motherfucker to HBO…

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Nolan would work better adapting Alfred Hitchcock Presents...

    by sweeneydave

    rather than The Twilight Zone. Twilight Zone is more sci-fi. Inception was better as a thriller than a sci-fi flick. He does well with twists too. Look at Memento, Dark Knight, and The Prestige. Those all have sci-fi elements but they take a back seat to the thriller aspect of his movies. That's more of a Hitchcock style.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    What I wish more than anything is an anthology movie

    by sweeneydave

    like Trick R Treat. Can we get one of those every Halloween? Please? I want one every Halloween.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Ever since the 80's film

    by Axl Z

    I've linked this with those deaths, poor kids

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    To Serve Man - The best Twilight Zone ever!

    by Meta

    When I first saw it as a kid, the twist was ingenious. It would have been one of the best stories to adapt to film, except sadly, its idea has been stolen already for TV ("V" original series anyone?), and parodied too often ("Simpsons:Treehouse of Terror"). Even cribbed by the 80's TZ in a variation ("A Small Talent for War"). The twist doesn't work anymore because it's been used too often. "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up", could also work, but now you'd have to turn it into a "Thing" variant, with the alien slowly killing off all the human bystanders until just a few remained, and then you got to the twist.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    With all the digital technology that exists today....

    by Meta

    And all the audio & film that exists of the man...You can bring Rod Serling back to life and have him bookend this film. You hear that Hollywood! You better do it!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    A Little Peace and Quiet remake please

    by Gorgomel

    the only 80s TZ episode which scared me to hell. The ending

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    i always thought "the pitch" was the best epi

    by john

    basically because of ed wynn the guy was scared shitless of doing drama...his own son had to coach him through requiem for a heavyweight i just dont see expanding any of the epis what made them brilliant was that they were short stories the short story is a lost art

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    MEMENTO wasn't that far flung from an extended TWILIGHT ZONE plot.

    by justmyluck

    Forwards or backwards.

  • He would turn it into a skull-numbing retard terribly done dumb action movie, as he always does.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    It'll be great, but I don't see the point

    by Cobb05

    What's the point of making a Twilight Zone movie if it's not going to be an Anthology? Just having it be Twilight Zone: (title) doesn't seem like as big of a deal. I do think you can take one of the stories and expand it to 100 minutes. That's not that hard. I mean a good story is a good story. I just think I'd be way more excited to see a Twilight Zone anthology movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    nolan fits the project

    by The Fuck

    Inception felt like twilight zone.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    M Night will be sobbing if Nolan gets the gig.

    by Tristan

  • I find the idea of taking a single story idea and turning it into a feature under the title to be lacking somehow.

  • I'd like to see them bring back 'Star Trek' next. Anybody remember that show?

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:43 a.m. CST

    " label...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    So if true, what the studio has is a stack of screenplays that are probably mostly sci-fi with plot twists in them. These scripts were not originally written to be a Twilight Zone branded movie. It's like if you wrote a screenplay, and your agent got it in to Warners and the studio is now considering producing it and if they do, they will retitle it with the Twilight Zone name. Sounds lame to me, but makes sense.

  • These Twilight Zoney screenplays have become cliches. I bet every spec screenwriter has at least one screenplay they wrote that is riddled with a bunch of twists right out of an M. Night movie or derivative of Fight Club (dual personalities).

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:49 a.m. CST

    never watched much Twilight Zone...

    by rapscallion86

    Besides the movie with the remake of the Shatner "gremlin" scene with Lithgow being awesome! Regardless, I am a big fan of Nolan and if it happens or not, it sounds like a good idea and something different (to a degree) for him.

  • Hey, hate the game not the playa.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    something on the wing

    by crazy4dragons13

    claymation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CILwVu1fhV8

  • An excellent way to follow Spielberg, Landis, Dante and Miller. Just make Nolan do the opening and closing segments.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Inception as a 1963 forth season TZ two parter

    by CARTMANEZ

    Dom Cobb - William Shatner Arthur - Roy Thinnes Eames - Patrick McGoohan Ariadne - Sherry Jackson Mal - Joan Collins Saito - Richardo Montoban Robert Fischer - guy who played Charile X Peter Browning - Richard Baseheart Miles - Burgess Meredith

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Apes as a TZ ep

    by CARTMANEZ

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgnwz_twilight-zone-remix_news

  • The twist (if it can even be described as a twist - it was more of a resolution) is that Cobb knew Inception would work as hed already done it with his wife - planted the idea the world isn’t real so when she came out the dream she sill believed it - and killed herself as a result and of course we are meant to think at the end with the spinning top that Cobb may still be in Z land (like the end of Total Recall) - although thats more of a fun thing for the audience - not really a proper 'twist' it was really a straight forward heist movie (set in dreams) - basically a Mission Impossible film set in the mind (in fact it wouldnt be totally out of place as an MI film with Cruise - just a little bit more freaky than usual) but to be a TZ it needed a proper freaky twist after the actual mission to get the idea into Scarecrows mind e.g: -they find out that they are actually passing into alternate realities and are inhabiting their alternate reality bodies... -Cobb travels beyond limbo and finds the reality of the human mind is another dream level…leading him to uncover the universe is a hologram -by delving deeper and deeper (dream within a dream) past limbo Cobb uncovers heaven (i.e. death)

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Duncan Jones

    by GavinElster

    He would make a terrific director for this project, as his two first films were both kind of feature-length TZ episodes.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    This NEEDS to be an anthology feature

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Someone above mentioned Trick R Treat, and that's what a good TZ feature should be...four mini-movies directed by talented genre filmmakers. But, unlike the 80's TZ movie, none of the segments should be remakes of TZ episodes. Maybe have a wraparound segment with a guy sitting and watching TV late night and coming across a rerun of TZ and starting to doze, and his dreams/nightmares form the stories that follow. That'd keep Rod Serling's voice in the project.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    In Whedon we trust

    by KilliK

    OOPS

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    recent big-screen “Twilight Zone” type features

    by CARTMANEZ

    in addition to the ones mentioned there was also Matrix (the first one), Dark City, the 13th Floor, eXistenZ, Vanilla Sky, Prestige, the LOST pilot etc etc the list is endless.... even stuff like Star Trek Generations had abit of a TZ type feel to it.. btw theres an interesting chapter in 'The Greatest SF Movies Never Made' (which has an intro from Harry) on the Outer Limits movie that never was which was going to be a one story deal too...

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Welll i hope a new one is coming.....

    by Kevin Muniz

    because the last Twilight Zone movie was way too jewish.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    neuromantik - spare a thought for JJ Abrams

    by CARTMANEZ

    hes frequently stated TZ is his all time favourite show...i bet hed LOVE to be involved with a movie (esp since Spielberg was in the 1985 one) perhaps the next Star Trek will revert back to that eerie TZ feel most of the early episodes had (and some of the latter ones like Spectre of The Gun) by way of compensation.. the Enterprise alone in deep space charting a shadow haunted universe that hid some deeply strange things

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Nolan WON'T direct anything he & his brother didn't write

    by BoyNamedSue

    I read this somewhere. It may have been here.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Michael Bays Twilight Zone

    by CARTMANEZ

    is wrong on so many levels. like Michael Bays '2001' or Michael Bays Godfather

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    twilight zone... the remake.

    by vulturess

    presented for your approval, on an ordinary day of an ordinary year in an ordinary town... in an ordinary movie theater imagine an ordinary audience...

  • ever seen in my life.I watched the movie for the first time a few months ago,and my jaw fell off when i saw Kathleen Quinlan. Why in Hollywood washed out sluts like Megan Fox become movie stars but not real women like Quinlan?

  • from the movie,since it happens to be one of my favorites,and i was thinking how comes and HW hasnt made a new TLZ movie especially now that the horror genre has been revived.and what do you know,we are going to get a new one. But Nolan should direct one of the short stories of the movie.He is pitch perfect for this kind of a movie genre,as long as it doesnt kill it with over-exposition like he did with Inception.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    re-watched two days ago

    by KilliK

    fucking edit

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    The best thing to come out of the previous film

    by Peter David

    Was the gag it set up for "Third Rock from the Sun." In one episode, the alien family headed up by John Lithgow is waiting for the arrival of their leader, the Big Giant Head, who's coming in at the local airport. The BGH comes off the plane, tipsy from the inflight alcohol, and he's played by William Shatner. Lithgow's character says, "How was your trip, sir?" Shatner says, "Terrible! I saw this creature on the wing of the plane, and couldn't convince anyone!" And Lithgow says, "The same thing happened to me!" PAD

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    zinc_chameleon

    by WeylandYutani

    Little Girl Lost scared the hell out of me as a kid... I had a twin bed that was next to a wall as a child and for weeks after I saw that ep I was terrified that I would fall into another dimension. Eye of the Beholder was another Serling era Zone that made me crap my pants as a wee one.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    He can do it. The Prestige was very Twilight Zoney.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Twilight Zone

    by Hipshot

    Did both science fiction and fantasy.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    just don't kill no children

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Just do all the stories that Stephen King ripped-off

    by tangcameo

    The Langoliers alone is just "The Odyssey of Flight 33" spliced with the 80s episode "A Matter Of Minutes"

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The Twilight Zone should be WRITER-DRIVEN

    by Greggers

    The Twilight Zone was 95% concept and 5% presentation. It was a writer's playground, created by a writer. I think that for any new Twilight Zone to actually offer anything to the world, it should be spearheaded by a writer, not a director. (And whomever this creative director is should do the narrating too.)

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Re: anti-fanboy and Hat Man

    by SK229

    I have the odd recollection of seeing 'Top Hat Man' as well. Once walking through the woods near my house very slowly, like contemplative, and then another time outside our house at night. I have a few other odd memories like that from my childhood and the events were so striking at the time (one involves a big green hand tapping on my grandparents window in broad daylight and I screamed and told my mother and aunt, they went over to find nothing there), that I knew something was not right or normal and made sure to remember. But I had no idea that that top hat one is so universal until you mentioned it and I googled it. What... the... fuck. Seriously, how is it possible that so many little kids would see the same thing while having no prior reference to it?

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Does he have enough of a sense of humour?

    by Royston Lodge

    Twilight Zone isn't all twist endings and disturbing consequences, it also had a bit of a sense of humour from time to time. Or am I thinking of Tales From The Darkside...

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Also, the photography in those 80's episodes...

    by SK229

    and also in Tales from the Darkside and that weird, cheap, synthy music they'd use are creepy as hell. There's just something about the way they portray a reality removed from reality that reminds me of the way we see and experience odd things when we're children. Nowadays, there is literally NOTHING creepy about most horror movies and especially about the way they try to make a scary television show. The cheap titles creep me the fuck out, don't know what it is. So while it may not have been as good as the originals in black and white, they still had an element that made them uniquely scary. Also, I've noticed when they don't use music in those 70's and 80's anthology shows, the sound of the quiet and the low voices, if that makes any sense, already create a sense of dread.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Have the guy that plays Broyles on Fringe take over for Serling.

    by whatevillurks

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Without 4 segments, each by different directors....

    by Nice Marmot

    .... then screw it.

  • It would have been '76-'77 when I saw it. I was about 4 yrs old, but it's not something I remembered years later -- just like you, it was impossible not to remember it from that first encounter. I would see it in the curtains in my bedroom late at night. Very tall and thin, with a huge stove-pipe hat, with a wide brim. Only happened a few times. The first time I caught on to the fact that it wasn't just me who had seen it was when my best friend in grade school told me he had seen the same thing. It stuck with me, and over the years, I'd see references to this thing like that insane episode of The Twilight Zone -- that same friend saw that episode, too, and we freaked out, though as a fairly precocious kid, I wasn't as frightened by it as you'd think. Then five or six years ago, I thought I'd see what I could find on google... and couldn't find much -- I was searching boogeyman in top hat, or the like... then a few years later, I stumbled upon hat man, and it was just unreal: site after site, story after story of people who had seen this same thing, everyone just as amazed as us to find how wide spread it was. And no one with any real idea of what it's all about.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Matheson's The Box basically just an updating of The Monkey's Paw?

    by Orbots Commander

    As the saying goes, it's all been done before, as far as plot. The originality comes in with portraying characterization and theme. In fact, most of Shakespeare's works were lifted almost entirely from other works of his time; his brilliance was his use of poetic dialogue, the complex, fascinating characters and his themes.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I can't stop watching INCEPTION

    by CherryValance

    It just goes in the DVD player and then doesn't come out for like two weeks. I don't know what's wrong with me. :D TBQH, when I read this headline I kinda deflated a little. I thought that Twilight Zone is below him. Not to diss the original series. But the idea of doing a movie version when those never really seem to work just made me uneasy. And if it's a movie version of an episode we've all seen then it's a remake and we don't really need Nolan doing remakes right? Although now that I typed that I realized that I'm the one who wishes he would reboot Bond with Tom Hardy as 007. Maybe I should think better. lol But again, he's way smarter than me so if he wants to do a Twilight Zone movie, he must know what he's doing. I love the old show. No one has/had a bigger brain than Rod Serling, imo. And I loved THE BOX and all of M. Night Shyamalan's movies except the tree attacking one, the title of which completely slipped my mind. O_o Actually, THE VILLAGE was too yellow for my liking too. But yeah I love the subgenre of TZ-type movies, just not TZ movies. FTR, my favorite TZ episodes are The Midnight Sun, Number 12 Looks Just Like You, Spur of the Moment, and Mirror Image. Mirror Image would be a good one to make into a full length movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    just bring the show back to tv.....

    by rben

    original stories and also based on sf/fantasy author stories, no remakes of the old eps ;not needed. host would be thorny, either don't have one or pick someone who lends themself to the material (like the black dude from Fringe who's name escape me.) Or do a show called Ellison Wonderland based on Ellison's stories and have the Ellison host it. Bam! Done! You're welcome Hollywood....

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuaron... and... Michael Bay???

    by mdk

    Huh? That's like teaming up Orson Wells and Ed Wood!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    whatevillurks, Lance Reddick would be an AWESOME Twilight Zone host

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He has that great voice and taciturn delivery with a glimmer of humor that evokes Serling. I can just hear him now intoning, "Submitted for your approval..."

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    You guys are right about anthologies

    by CherryValance

    I hadn't thought of it, but that's the best idea. And so is making it set back in the 60s. Good thinking, guys. *high fives the talkback*

  • you nailed it.there lies the whole problem with bad remakes.they do harm the legacy of the original movies and their creators.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    The Michael Bay version of Twilight Zone would be...

    by CherryValance

    AWESOME! *explosion*

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    by treewarrior

    I thought the scariest episode of the 80s TZ was the Harlan Ellison scripted episode of the Stephen King story "Gramma." I'd read the short story so I thought I was prepared but here I am on the couch with a pillow clutched in my arms kicking and screaming at the damned corpse of the gramma coming after the kid... As somebody said earlier, good times.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    mentaldominance, why don't you stfu and write something then?

    by Mattman

    Whiny little shit.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    "Kentucky Rye" fucked my shit up as a kid

    by Mugato5150

    From the 1980s TZ. The usual "he was dead the whole time" storyline but to a 7 year old, it was freaky.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    William Shatner should cameo...

    by CARTMANEZ

    the dude is identified with TZ almost as much as Trek im still mystified as to how he didnt appear as the airplane captain in the 'Nightmare' segment of the 1985 movie (probably doing too much Hooker)

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    DARK KNIGHT Mastermind?!

    by MooseMalloy

    Try these names instead: Kane, Sprang, Robinson, Adams, O'Neal, Miller, Moore, Snyder, Capullo etc. I love TZ, but I will skip this movie just like I've skipped EVERY Nolan movie since I saw BATMAN BEGINS in the theater.

  • i guess you can see elements of that in Superman I (the lightening strike on AF1)

  • wonder if it may turn out to be something like Pulp Fiction (which had a cool TZ reference) where its one film but diff segments back and forth etc i guess if its a success maybe they can do a modestly budgeted TZ movie every couple of years or even every year

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Come Wander With Me

    by Eric Shea

    I'l only go see this if the whole thing is about Floyd Burney, "The Rockabilly Boy." No, scratch that, this better be based on "The Howling Man"! You know, the one where Moses is keeping Satan locked up in his basement. And Morgan Freeman should play Satan for a change.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Here is an idea for the movie:

    by KilliK

    DONT MAKE IT.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Rather see an Nolan produced version for HBO, AMC or Showtime

    by OutsideChance

    Take the series concept, get A list writers and directors to do whatever they want for 30 minutes and go nuts for 13 eps a year.

  • Otherwise, why bother? Why call it a Twilight Zone project? Might as well call it whatever the story is called.

  • Just to be safe

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    arent kids gonna get abit confused?...

    by CARTMANEZ

    i mean wont they see OMG! "TWILIGHT!!" there on the posters and have a heart attack about a new Twilight movie they never knew was being made directed by Nolan and starring DiCaprio? have they finished those stoopid movies yet? heard they were dragging it out Potter style

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I would only trust Nolan and M. Night to do this.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Okay, now for the Night haters to start coming out of the woodwork.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    The most messed up Twilight Zone episode was the continution of the story

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    started by Bill Mummy. They brought him and Cloris Leachman back to do an episode in the latest incarnation hosted by Forrest Whitaker. Mummy's daughter played his daughter in that episode. It was a good thing they did. A very good thing.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I 2nd Duncan Jones for this project.

    by sweeneydave

    He fits the bill better than anybody.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Not just writers and Serling

    by The StarWolf

    They were very important, yes, but the right actors also counted for a heck of a lot. And where are the likes of Burgess Meredith nowadays? As for the hack who screwed up THE DARK KNIGHT and gave us the ridiculous INCEPTION, please, no.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Exception to the 30 minute rule...Planet of the apes

    by proton45

    I can think of only one full length movie that has successfully pulled off the "Serling twist". The classic and original 1960's, "Planet of the apes". And let us not forget the fact that Serling himself wrote the original "POTA" draft...

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Exception to the 30 minute rule...

    by proton45

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    POTA had a twist? where?

    by KilliK

    oh you mean the one where he is supposed to be in an alien planet where he can breath oxygen,the environment looks a lot like Earth,there are hairy humans ,among them a bangable hot female human, and there are also humanoids earth-like apes who are riding horses and speak ENGLISH. yeah i know in the 70s this kind of a twist would have taken the movie audience by surprise,but nowadays it would have been non-existent.

  • How was your flight sir?

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I thought Nolan's Howard Hughes biopic was next

    by CountryBoy

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    @ killik

    by proton45

    Well, say what you want about the ending of POTA...but it was scripted by Serling, and it was a "plot twist" typical of Serlings work in Twilight Zone.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    WTF??? Whyyyyy?

    by plisskenman

    It would be a colossal piece of shit waste of time.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Nolan directing someone else's script?

    by D.Vader

    Durrr what now?

  • Or, if we're going to start making features based on individual stories, can we start by calling REAL STEEL "The Twilight Zone: Real Steel"? Or I guess not, since both the episode and the movie are based off the same material, but the movie isn't based off the episode. Damn.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Anti-Fanboy, you're thinking of "A Small Talent for War"

    by D.Vader

    And John Glover plays the alien at the UN. Great ep, nice twist.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    One of my favs from the 80s Twilight Zone: Nightcrawlers

    by D.Vader

    Taking place entirely at a diner, a vet of the Vietnam War has come back affected by the chemicals used. It seems that when he dreams, he has nightmares of the War, and those nightmares come true for everyone around him. Soon, dead zombie soldiers from both sides are shooting up the diner, killing patrons and turning the diner into Vietnam. Spooky!

  • Thank God for the Chiller network playing 8os Twilight Zone episode marathons every week. I've caught up on so many good stories I was too young to appreciate as a kid. "The Star" seemed pretty mediocre until the end. Then the twist was pretty mind-blowing and then heartfelt at the same time.

  • Clarke's was a total downer.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I always think of Planet of the Apes as a Twilight Zone movie

    by Rebel Scumb

  • But did you know that episode with Dee Wallace Stone stopping time was directed by Wes Craven? Its got a FANTASTIC tracking shot at the end through the streets where everyone is frozen in the midst of panic. Some people are mid-stride in a run but manage to stay completely still. Very well made.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Peter David, that Third Rock from the Sun joke is priceless

    by D.Vader

    Genius! Wish I'd seen it.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    So wait, anti-fanboy, you saw Hat Man in your curtains?

    by D.Vader

    I'm having trouble figuring this out: you saw him standing behind your curtains, or was the figure actually IN the curtains? And when you see him, does he disappear? You only see him for an instance? I'm getting a weird FRINGE Observer vibe here. I had no idea this was a common event.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Anthology or bust. We need more scifi/horror anthologies

    by smatt584

    Bring back the Twilight Zone anthology series. Or, better yet, bring back MONSTERS, or Tales From The Darkside! Or Tales From the Crypt! Goddammit, I need me some good horror anthologies stat! Fuck the Saw movies, thats what we need! And fuck Warner Bros for not releasing Trick Or Treat to theaters on the most boring and shitty Halloween of my life. Instead they put it out on DVD that Christmas! You summabitches!

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    If i ever had access to a time machine...

    by ultragoregrind

    I'd love to go back just to see and be around people as they saw the Twilight Zone for the first time. Must have warped some minds back in the day. Amazing stuff still...

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    my dream 4: Cuaron, Nolan, Tarantino, Raimi

    by future help

    great Twilight Zone movie there.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    BRING BACK THE TV SHOW....

    by ass clown

    I LOVE THE TWILIGHT ZONE. THE ORIGINAL SHOW IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME. THEY NEED TO REVAMP THE TV SHOW WITH GUEST WRITERS, GUEST DIRECTORS, ETC AND JUST DO IT THAT WAY. A CHRIS NOLAN TWILIGHT ZONE FILM WOULD BE COOL, BUT IT AINT HAPPENING UNLESS ITS TWO MOVIES DOWN THE LINE. I READ SOMEWHERE THAT CHRIS NOLAN IS A 'YOU THEN ME' DIRECTOR WITH HIS STUDIOS. AFTER STUDIO FILM 'BATMAN BEGINS,' HE MADE 'THE PRESTIGE.' AFTER 'THE DARK KNIGHT,' HE MADE INCEPTION. FOLLOWING 'DARK KNIGHT RISES,' HE'S GONNA DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO SO DON'T BANK ON HIM SELLING OUT FOR 'THE TWILIGHT ZONE.' FOR ME, TWILIGHT ZONE IS ALL ABOUT THE WRITING ANYWAY, I REALLY DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT WHO DIRECTS THIS THING AS LONG AS THE STORY'S GOOD.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    ass clown

    by john

    they have tried it twice...both times, while some epis were ok, overall, the series were far from classics

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    d.vader

    by Anti-fanboy

    The way I remember it, I would see him slowly approaching from a distance, essentially overlaid on the curtains, like they didn't matter. This long-limbed figure in a tall, wide hat gradually approaching, and when it was close enough, it seemed to be in the room. I wondered if it would carry me off, but wasn't really frightened, oddly enough. I don't remember how these visits resolved. And it only happened a few times. Looking back, I'd wonder if I had really seen it or just imagined it. It left quite an impression. I've had other experiences with esp and shared dreaming, and I'm pretty open-minded, but, honestly, even after reading about all of these other encounters people have had with a similar thing, it still seems unreal, and I'm kinda glad I haven't seen it since I was a kid.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    Nolan Critics/1983 Twilight Zone Flick/Shamalamadingdong

    by THX1968

    I'm happy to see critics of Nolan's work beginning to creep through the woodwork of Hollywood hype. He is a great filmmaker, but he has officially developed a schtick. I see M. Night Shamalamadingdong's name popping up here and there in this thread as well. Talk about schtick. Shamalamadingdong has always been a hack - always. It wasn't 10 minutes into an early screening of Sixth Sense that I knew the "twist" before I realized it was even supposed to be a "twist". Seriously - I can't believe that it wasn't obvious to the entire populous of the planet Earth! Then we have "Unbreakable". A film in which the midpoint (of any other quality narrative) becomes the climax! Shamalamadingdong's career took the only path that he could possibly run it into. Revisit his Newsweek interview, if you are so inclined, to witness a truly troubled ego. However, Nolan is no Shamalamadingdong. Not by a long shot. Nolan does deserve some criticism, though. He is really, really good at his craft, but could possibly fall into the same rut as... well, Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell, albeit in a different genre. As for the awesome 1983 Twilight Zone film, it is perfectly clear that just about every pube challenged 14 year old cunt that infests AICN posting on this thread has not seen the film and can only reference the famous and terrible accident that plagued John Landis' segment. Landis was indeed compromised by that terrible, terrible incident, but so was Dante, Miller , and the Beard because that accident cast a dark shadow over the entire production. Truly the most unfortunate accident on any production in cinema history that I personally will never forget. Watching the film on it's own merit without condemning Landis (whom unfortunately had to bear the burden of blame for said accident), is really a cinematic joy. Actually, it is Joe Dante's and George Miller's (fucking Road fucking Warrior George Miller you fucking teen cunts counting your fucking pubes between internet porn jack off sessions) contributions that are more than well worth watching. I believe that Landis himself was coming off of American Werewolf, and it flavors his contributions as well, especially the awesome, perfect, ridiculously classic opening with Brooks and Aykroyd which I believe he directed. By far the weakest segment belongs to the Beard. It is truly lame, sappy, and entirely uninteresting, yet it perfectly frames the point he was at in his career. It's a fine film, regardless of the troubled production. George Fucking Miller. Joe Fucking Dante. AICN Punks.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    There's A Fucking Chick In The Thing Remake

    by THX1968

    All you pube challenged AICN dinks out there, The Thing remake was made just for you. Seriously, it was made quite specifically for you. So much so that the fucking dickhole producers added a fucking chick to the cast. Also, it should clearly state in the very title itself that this is a remake of JOHN CARPENTER'S The Thing. The monster concept is a direct derivative of his classic work. Lazy motherfuckers make me so sick. The same motherfuckers that hired Snyder to remake Dawn of the Dead. So go throw your teen money down and keep supporting the ivy league cunts that run the show, and then rent the originals (yes, even the Hawks "Thing") and witness true film craftsmanship and art. Witness the great age of film that the suits can now only rape and pillage because they have to answer to the botton line and none of them, NONE OF THEM HAS ANY BALLS, or class. Universal is the Walmart of Hollywood studios - no, it's the K-Mart of Hollywood studios. Any actual title that would give the studio some much needed prestige (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) is relegated to Focus Features. This is a practice that NO ONE BUT UNIVERSAL USES these days. I'm drunk and my Hollywood is in the biggest mess it's been in since Edison.

  • If they must remake or adapt any of the stories, then I say do it as an anthology film like they did with the one from the mid 80's. As long as they adapt one episode from the original and one from the 80's series, as well as making at least one segment of the anthology in black and white, and maybe one in a retro style. As for directors: Chris Nolan, M. Night Shyamalan, David Cronenberg, David Fincher (The Game is pretty much a Twilight Zone-ish film), and maybe Del Toro.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    The Hellgramite Method freaked me out back in the day

    by lv_426

    I could see Cronenberg or Del Toro doing that episode some serious justice with a decent budget. The Hellgramite Method. Live it, love it, and drink it up... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fQOrFDamT8

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    killik - POTAs 'twist'

    by CARTMANEZ

    i guess they were banking on audiences having seen Star Trek where every planet they landed on had breathable air and was populated by humaniod aliens heres POTA edited down to a B&W 30min TZ ep complete with Sterling intro- works very well http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgnwz_twilight-zone-remix_news

  • The one I saw didn't wear a hat as far as I remember, but it was a similar thing pretty much like what some people describe as a Shadow Person. Actually, this pic that I googled and linked to below is a pretty good approximation of what I saw. http://archive.coasttocoastam.com/timages/page/shadow121208a.jpg The shadow dude would usually appear at night, maybe as I was falling asleep, but I recall being awake, or seeming to be awake (like some dreams can be), and it often would crawl in through the window (which was closed). Sometimes it would morph into a giant snake, like a King Cobra shape that would reach up to the ceiling and lunge towards me. The snake part was probably a dream, but I do remember being awake and seeing the shadow person at times. Again, it often would appear at that point before falling into the sleep state. Creepy stuff though. I didn't know these shadow beings were such a common "entity" that many people see or encounter.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

    by lv_426

    I'd love to see a feature length version of this story done with modern day effects technology. I think it could work as a full length film. It would be tricky, as too much extra characterization (note: avoid the obvious Hollywood cliched stuff) for the Shatner/Lithgow crazed passenger protagonist role might kill it, but then again they'd have to beef up the character a bit compared to the story in a 30 minute time frame.

  • Not that Bay is an obvious Twilight Zone director choice, but Second Variety, which was done as Screamers starring Peter Weller in the early 90's would be some good material for Bay if he were doing a Twilight Zone episode. It would allow him to blow some stuff up real good but it also has a good twist and an interesting Terminator-like future world at war (I am surprised Second Variety doesn't get brought up more as one of the sources that heavily inspired James Cameron on Terminator). It would also give us the chance of seeing that story done right and not bungled at the end like Screamers was (basically, they messed up the ending and the whole point of the story).

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    The best Twilight Zone Style Movie Ever: Planet of the Apes

    by tailhook

    Bar none. The screenplay written by Serling himself and constructed into a form exactly like a series episode.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Congratulations

    by John Baker

    You Hat Man bastards. Now I'm jumpy as fuck because I saw him about 6 years ago when I was 21 and had no idea it was a common phenomenon until tonight. Just thought it was an unusual trick of light, or maybe some residual energy or whatever. I'm not a believer in ghosts and all that but after reading about it here, then searching online and finding a LOT of stories, I gotta admit it's pretty interesting. A black moth fluttered by a few minutes ago and I nearly broke my motherfucking neck to see what it was moving out of the corner of my vision. I'll be lucky to survive to sunrise without killing my own dumb ass snapping my head up at every dust particle that floats by.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Okay... What the FUCK

    by John Baker

    I leave to go browsing around for a few minutes after making my "Hat Man" post and I end up reading a little about Crispin Glover. Then I come back to this talkback and the next post is by creepythinmanlives. Starting to think maybe I am going to fucking DIE today. Time to flip off the comp, go hide under a blanket, and wait for the impending hatchet to my skull.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    @d.vader you can see the episode in youtube.

    by KilliK

    here is the link of the first part video of the episode.the reference joke is in the start of the second part video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMUX_f0hyn0&feature=related

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    PKD is over-saturated.Can we please have other scifi writers

    by KilliK

    and their work adapted for movies/tvseries? the same for Stephen King.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Hey, Snyder's Dawn of the Dead was great

    by Mugato5150

    It was barely a remake anyway. The only similarities were the titles and the setting (a mall).

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    How about a movie about the Twilight Zone the movie coptor accident

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Directed by David Fincher, script by Aaron Sorkin, score by Trent Reznor.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Robby the Robot in full robot kill mode this time.

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I say black and fucking white

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    That's the kinda balls I want to see. Black and fucking white

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Snyder's a good director...

    by impetus

    ...I'd rather see him make new original films than keep working on more remakes and established franchises.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    dammit, I meant Nolan.

    by impetus

    Just saw Snyder referenced in another talkbalk and got mixed up.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    John Landis won't be asked back....

    by ZodNotGod

    Do it like the original movie, several stories. Twilight Zone is not meant for long, arduous stories. I wonder if the Twilight fans will think this is another movie for them to fawn over?

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    The 80's revival had some cool stories...

    by ZodNotGod

    There was one with an Elvis fan who went back in time and met the King. They get in a fight, the fan accidentally kills Elvis, knowing what happens, he assumes Elvis's life and career living into the 80's wondering if what he did was the correct thing. Letting Elvis die in the 50's as legend instead of milking his career for his own sake and tarnishing his legacy somewhat.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    The original. Best sci-fi/fantasy series ever!

    by ZodNotGod

    It's amazing how it still holds up. Depsite the early 60's settings, the show's themes and plots are very relevant, virbrant, cool, scary, awesome. Great stuff. Must have the blu-rays. When the Sci-Fi channel was good, I looked forward to their holiday marathon's of TZ.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    @tailhook...POTA

    by proton45

    Not only does the episode have the "classic Serling twist", but the story is filled with the morel questions, about society, that Serling loved to raise in his story's...

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    by ZodNotGod

    Favorite eps: The Invaders- Agnes Moorehead I Sing the Body Electric- Electric Granny Forget the title, but the guy goes back in time to 1881 to stop Garfields assination. To Serve Man- Of course... So many more...

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I would love to see Twilight Zone revived as a series

    by alexander

    By people who really get where the origional was coming from, from a writers point of view. One of my daydreaming egomaniacal "if things were run my way" schemes involves highjacking and/or upsurping Scyfy, and kickstarting the series with great writers-directors being given largely free reign overseen by someone. That said, if Nolans on board then the idea of a feature length and its potential as a subversive retospective and revival of sorts seems very interesting all of a sudden (though I agree Hitchcock presents seems a ste closer to home maybe)) Oh, and agreed... Planet of the Apes, The Prestige, Inception... These feel very much like they could be Twilight Zone movies already, the latter even possibly having a happy ending!

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    It can be done...

    by proton45

    I'm not trying to turn this into a "Planet of the apes" (a la Serling) stroke a thon...BUT my main point is that...assuming that the job is given to a smart and able script writer, their are many (Serling type) themes that can be explored. I think that focusing all of the story attention on the final story twist...is a "Big stinky Shyamalan" waiting to happen.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I saw the hat man . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    He had a monocle, spats and a cane. And some more TZ-like flicks that come to mind are Frailty (McConaughey) and Identity (J.Cusack). Neither is perfect, but they come close. . .

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    you can't remake a concept of themes and ideas etc. though

    by alexander

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by shodan6672

    I have had the same thing happen to me. It is probably due to something called sleep paralysis (which I get). You perceive yourself as awake, but can't move, and your brain is still in deep sleep. Pretty terrifying.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    IS THIS THE CHARLIE'S ANGELS TALKBACK?

    by mcgoocain

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Why is the WB putting this news out there?

    by bmcapers

    Smells shallow. There must be a twist ending to all this.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Would be great to see

    by BizarroSpock

    TZ was (and is) one of my favorites. It goes without saying that Serling was one of the best storytellers, and Nolan has his own knack for the psychological. I just worry about them "padding" something that was done brilliantly in half an hour out to fill 2 hours. Horrible memories of what they did with the Grinch keep flooding back. Yechh...

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Four pieces of advice....

    by Odkin

    1) Cast unknown passionate character actors with FACES, who can really act! 2) CGI SERLING, cigarette and all 3) Go for an Anthology series franchise 4) Don't be afraid of super-dramatic lighting and tight close-ups. TZ was brilliantly filmed so that it would "read" well on a small screen from across the room. That's part of the look the film needs. Anyone else love "A Pitch for the Angels"...?

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    THERE'S A BRIAN COX ON THE WING

    by poop

    THERE'S A BRIAN COX ON THE WING

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Open Your Eyes too perhaps

    by alexander

    I also used to get sleep paralysis a lot, been gone for a good 7 years now... But I never saw any shadow people or hat men, just heard stuff weirdly enough... Until I knew what Sleep paralysis was used to wig out occasioanally that perhaps around theglastonbury area of Somerset there was a village-from-prisoner like set up for the military base personel to be given free reign to stealth invade for training and probe you or something... I kid... Kind of... Used to see a Dog alot though, a lone black dog often, that wasn't there when you pointed it out to other folks. I was high roughly half the time though, so I don't know... Bu tthere was a dog.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Nolan's over cerebral nature would probably work here

    by Billy_D_Williams

    his Batman films are nothing special

  • its the crudeness of the photography and FX of the 80s is what made horror movies and TV shows so fucking scary back then...now everything is overprocessed HD nonsense

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Nolan is overrated

    by Billy_D_Williams

    getting pretty sick of the publicity blow job he's been receiving as of late, which only started really after the Dark Knight made a billions dollars...so obviously $$$ = quality right? He's picked up alot of fanboys since he got the Batman gig, but its just a comic book franchise, nothing original. Honestly the man hasn't made anything special since Memento. Inception came close, but somebody like the far more talented PT Anderson should be getting the same amount of praise, but since he doesn't make billion dollar blockbusters, he's relegated to the avante garde section. Nonsense.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay???

    by Citizen Sane

    What the hell is Warner Bros. thinking. We all know Bay isn't creative or intelligent enough to direct a worthwhile Twilight Zone segment, much less a feature.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Would he make a great twilight zone movie? yes.

    by eighttwelve

    But I'd rather see another original movie like Inception that isn't an adaptation.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    mentaldominance calling me a troll?

    by Mattman

    There's irony for you. You whine about fucking everything, you enjoy nothing. I've never seen you say one positive thing about a film. You're worthless.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    gallows, I can relate...

    by Anti-fanboy

    As I was responding to d.vader last night, I thought I heard something in the room, behind me. Turned around, more creeped out than I think I have ever been in my adult life, literally expecting to see something in my otherwise empty house, and nothing was there. I mean, it sounded like two foot falls. Then, right after that, I heard something just outside by bedroom window (couldn't fully tell where the sound came from, or what exactly I heard, but it was LOUD) -- I jumped up so fast I nearly threw my back out, grabbed my shotgun (for home defense, probably useless against Hat Man), and went out back and looked around. Nothing. The whole time I'm half-seriously thinking, fucking Hat Man is back and doesn't want me posting about him on AICN! It was late, but I called my girlfriend and woke her up, because I was so spooked I had to talk to someone. I blame it on the realization hitting me again that this thing I had for a long time half convinced myself existed solely in my childhood imagination might be somehow real.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    TWILIGHT ZONE BEGINS

    by Gorgomel

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Nolan should do an anthology instead of just one story

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    reading this thread last night...

    by Simpsonian

    for some reason creeped me the fuck out. i actually went to bed scared, like a little kid. weird.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Fucking love Nightcrawlers

    by v1cious

    Still one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes of all time. What made it so good was the acting. great stuff.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    If they're going to do it...

    by tailhook

    I far prefer just one story told over 2 hours. I'd also rather it be original, but in the style of the show as opposed to an adaptation.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Nolan is overrated. Outside of Batman he stinks...

    by ZodNotGod

    HE STINKS! From Inception backwards...I haven't hated a movie more while watching it than INCEPTION. I sat in theater and a wave of hate hit me that still has not ceased. Awful, overrated tripe. Although he may still stink, I am curious to see what he can do to prove me wrong, if possible, after the DKR is done.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    His work on Superman: Man of Steel has me interested too.

    by ZodNotGod

  • Read the book Outrageous Conduct = Art, Ego and The Twilight Zone Case........ There's some wicked shit done by Hollywood's golden boys.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Anthology is the way to go

    by darthvedder81

    A singular story would be stupid. The anthology idea of the Spielberg produced flick is the way to go, they just need to integrate those 3 or 4 stories in one overarching narrative. Multiple stories from completely different genres that all tie into each other at the end could be really cool.