When it comes to the legacy of horror on television, few shows loom as large as Rod Serling’s original The Twilight Zone. While a mix of various genres, there’s no doubt that many horror fans hold Serling’s classic series in high esteem, as do many horror filmmakers.
One such filmmaker is Jordan Peele, whose debut feature Get Out earned nearly universal acclaim in 2017. While Peele became famous as a comedic performer, he’s also a diehard fan of the horror genre, and soon, he’ll take on the huge task of rebooting The Twilight Zone.
The reboot will air on the CBS All Access streaming service, and will see Peele both produce and host the program. Few details are available about the reboot so far, but a report by Deadline reveals that a remake of the classic episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” is planned.
The original episode of course starred William Shatner as a man tormented by a gremlin on the wing of the plane he’s flying in, a creature nobody else seems to be able to see. Noted sitcom star Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation, The Good Place) will play the lead this time out.
“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” was already remade once, as part of 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie, with John Lithgow in the Shatner role. Hopefully Peele’s take (which ups the elevation to 30,000 feet) brings something new to the table, and isn’t just another straight-up rehash.