Warner Brothers has finally found a new screenwriter for its movie reboot of The Twilight Zone, the famous horror anthology series.
Variety is reporting that Christine Lavaf will be handling work on the screenplay. Lavaf is most well-known for her work on Fringe, as she wrote the episode “Everything In Its Right Place” and served as an assistant to showrunner J. H. Wyman. Lavaf’s other credits include writing and producing the short film The Valet, serving as a writer’s assistant for the fourth season of Falling Skies, and being a part of the writer’s room for the MonsterVerse (the shared universe made up of Godzilla, King Kong, and characters from other kaiju franchises).
The Twilight Zone reboot was first announced in 2009 with an initial team of director Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Oblivion) and writer Anthony Peckham (Invictus, Sherlock Holmes), but nothing came of this. While Lavaf is taking over writing duties, the film doesn’t have a director at this time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran will be producing the movie under their production company, Appian Way.
The film will differ from the previous Twilight Zone movie adaptation (which was directed by John Landis in 1983) in that it will tell a single narrative instead of serving as a horror anthology. However, it can be presumed that if the project is successful, then potential sequels could explore different settings within the fictional narrative of this world.
The Twilight Zone does not have a release date.
10 Stephen King Adaptations Hollywood Needs To Get Right
With The Dark Tower and It, two of King’s most famous and beloved works, reaching the big screen, it feels like the gates are opening on a new age of Stephen King adaptations
Already we’ve seen 1) a new Carrie movie, 2) Under the Dome and 11/22/63 get TV adaptations 3) Netflix’s upcoming Gerald’s Game, 4) a TV series based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, 5) Josh Boone looks to make Revival his follow-up to X-Men: The New Mutants, 5) a new version of Hearts in Atlantis is in the works (just called Hearts) and 6) a Cujo remake, with the amazing title of C.U.J.O. Even Cell got made, plus a personal favorite of mine The Mist is back in the form of a new Syfy series airing later this year (based on both the original novella and Frank Darabont’s superb 2007 film).
Our age of cinematic universes feels tailor-made for the world-renowned author. King is known not only for his productivity but for how his stories interlock together in the same universe (multiverse, if you want to get specific). His entire oeuvre is connected by characters, locations, and events, all centered around the literal and figurative Dark Tower, the structure and book series sit at the center of King’s worlds. Of course, no one entity owns the rights to all of King’s works, so we won’t be seeing, say, Pennywise the Dancing Clown say hi to Idris Elba’s gunslinger in a movie anytime soon, but it speaks to King’s continued relevance.
There are, of course, the adaptations that are sacrosanct and need to no update, plus others where we are simply waiting to see if they happen. Speaking of Darabont, he delivered a trilogy of amazing King adaptations in my opinion between The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Rob Reiner also mastered the artform, giving us Stand by Me and Misery. There’s already a perfectly-good The Dead Zone movie and TV show. The Tommyknockers and Desperation got the miniseries treatment in 1991 and 2006, respectively. The latter came with a teleplay by King himself, while the former was announced for a new miniseries back in 2013 along with Rosemary’s Baby, the failure of which may have something to do with the radio silence since the announcement. The Shining is actually not one, with King famously disliking the Stanley Kubrick film enough to make a miniseries of his own to “correct” the record (and a Shining prequel is first on our list).
While some works defy or seek re-adaptation, the breadth of the man’s work means there’s plenty of new stuff to mine in the coming years as well. Click Next to learn which to watch out for!
Honorable mentions: The Dark Half, Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil, Dreamcatcher