At this point it might be fair to say that the most famous segment of The Twilight Zone is the episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which was also featured in the 1983 film adaptation. In it a paranoid man (William Shatner in the show and John Lithgow in the film) saw a gremlin on the wing of his plane, and as the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid… That gremlins seems to have moved to Warner Brothers, as there’s been a lot of director-shuffling with their new big screen adaptation. But now they’ve got a director: Tron Legacy and Oblivion helmer Joseph Kosinski.
This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who note that a number of writers have worked on the script, but it’s now being reconfigured for its new director. Matt Reeves was attached for a while, but he went on to do Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and before that many other directors names were mentioned, including (but not believably) Christopher Nolan.
Kosisnki is coming off his second movie, and both his films barely broke even. The Tron sequel and Oblivion seemingly turned a profit, but were not the hits that were hoped for and both were saved by international (as is often the case these days). Like so many modern directors, Joseph Kosinski has yet to make a personal movie, but perhaps delving into what scares him (and audiences) could show some flair. It’s also possible that the writer’s guild, etc. will keep this from being an adaptation of episodes from the classic Rod Serling series, so it’s hard to know if it will be an anthology (like the last film) or a stand-alone scary movie with a twist ending. Depending if this moves forward, expect it in 2015 or 2016.
What’s your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone?