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the twilight zone (1959-1964) remains the rare piece of classic TV that can survive today. SyFy proves this every year with its traditional twilight zone New Year’s Marathon. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that CBS, which recently produced new series from established franchises such as Star Trek and The Big Bang Theorydecided that the time for a reboot has finally come.
However, even the most cautious of reboots among us have reason to be somewhat optimistic about Thursday’s announcement. According to The Hollywood Reporter CBS has donated the iconic franchise to Monkeypaw Productions, the company founded by Out writer/director Jordan Peele. Like Star Trek: Discoverythe project has reportedly been tapped for the CBS All-Access streaming platform.
Fans know Peele from his excellent Comedy Central series Key & Peelebut the unabashed genre buff took Hollywood by storm with Out this spring. Done in the style of classics like the original Night of the living dead, the film artfully mixed legitimately terrifying horror with clever social satire. It generated such buzz and admiration that Peele has become a go-to horror maker, and the Academy watchers at Vulture are currently predicting the film will score a Best Picture nomination.
“[Get Out] has more than earned its place in the cult movie hall of fame,” wrote Ars’ Tech Culture Editor Annalee Newitz in her review. “You’ll remember this little shock for a lot longer than the latest big budget movie to hit the Hollywood meat grinder this summer. “
According to Variety, CBS remained silent on details such as timelines during the conference call announcement. Along with the involvement of Peele, Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, Fear The Walking Dead) is reportedly being tapped as showrunner.
Rebooting an iconic franchise is not without risk. While it may spark interest from nostalgic fans in the short term, doing injustice to a beloved franchise can reduce its fan base (ask Star Wars fans how they felt about the universe in the immediate aftermath of, say, Jar Jar Binks). But based on an early response to his Star Trek: Discovery streaming-only experiment, CBS is clearly confident in its ability to deliver.
CBS previously said: Star Trek: Discovery drove “record subscriptions” to its new streaming service (hence a quick commitment for the second season). Now with another iconic sci-fi reboot on deck, folks who take the plunge just before the final frontier can indeed live long and prosper.