Jordan Peele Set to Enter the ‘Twilight Zone’

In late 2017, CBS All Access announced its plans on rebooting the classic noir series The Twilight Zone. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. 

The association is important to note because Peele has frequently noted his fascination with the original series that aired from 1959 to 1964. And now, the reboot has a new host, none other than Jordan Peele.

As many fans know, the duct tape holding each eerie episode together was the show’s host and narrator, Rod Serling. Peele understands what it means to step in those rather large shoes and plans on walking firmly, as he shared in Variety. 

“I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip ‘Twilight Zone’ off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”

Jordan Peele’s star has become a nova following his Comedy Central hilarious skit show with co-host Keegan-Michael Key. Of course, his next smash was the Oscar-winning screenplay for Get Out. And now, this.

Respect is karmic and Peele has plenty of it.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” said Peele, who was previously announced as producing the revival. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

The Twilight Zone begins shooting this fall and will premiere on CBS All Access in 2019.

 

 

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