It may be a long and winding road to bring a science fiction classic back to the air.
Back in December, TV Rage reported that Hollywood heavy hitter Bryan Singer was partnering with CBS Productions in an effort to bring the Rod Serling classic "The Twilight Zone" back from the dead. The project was early in the development stages at that point, and unfortunately there has been little news since.
However, the "X-Men" director spoke with IGN about the status of the series reboot, restating his commitment to the project but citing a busy creative slate. "[Development will] be a little slower in process because of where I'm at with this film [X-Men: Days of Future Past], but it's definitely something I'm passionate about," Singer said.
He continued, "You know it's always a challenge with anthology television shows because you don't have a standing cast, so you're always recasting. And you're always finding new locations and environments to serve the different stories. But I'm anxious to figure out the right way to do it because I love anthologies. I love anthology movies and anthology television shows. I'm very passionate about it and some of those stories I think are worth revisiting now. And there are ways that they can be treated now, they can be scarier than they were then and also they can be much more visual because we have more technology. Back then you were shooting on the back lot or out west and now you can pull off a lot more for television. So I'm really looking forward to getting into it."
The one major development that could get the rumor mills churning is Singer's note that he is close to a deal to bring aboard a writer whom he has worked with in the past. "There's a writer that I just got involved in it. I don't want to say who it is yet because we have to make a deal, but somebody I enjoy working with. So that's coming together right now, actually," he teased.
This would be the third attempt at a reboot of the classic series, as CBS had previously revamped the series in the mid 1980s and the now-defunct UPN attempted its own in 2002-2003.
The prospect of previous writers who have worked with Singer on board the "Twilight Zone" reboot is a tantalizing one: "Usual Suspects" writer Christopher McQuarrie, perhaps?