Jordan Peele, writer/director of this year’s horror film hit Get Out, has signed on to reboot The Twilight Zone for subscription streamer CBS All Access.
“Too many times this year, it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences,” Peele said.
CBS’ press release announcing the new Twilight Zone provided scant details beyond promising “a modern reimagining of this iconic series.” Nothing about content, number of episodes, or expected launch date.
So here’s one request we hope Peele will consider. Remake “Dead Man’s Shoes” once again!
That episode of the original Twilight Zone (1959-1964), in which a homeless man takes the shoes of a dead gangster and literally “steps into his shoes,” was the only one reinterpreted during both previous series reboots (1985-1989, 2002-2003). We’ve got all three versions right here to help stir Peele’s imagination towards the latest revival:
‘Dead Man’s Shoes,’ 1962
‘Dead Woman’s Shoes,’ 1985
‘Dead Man’s Eyes,’ 2002
For more of The Twilight Zone while you wait for the CBS All Access reboot, Hulu subscribers can stream all of the original series (five seasons, 156 episodes). Netflix and Amazon Prime subscribers can get everything but season four, when the series switched from a half-hour to an hour. You can also watch the Rod Serling classic over-the-air on MeTV, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 12:30 am ET.
The second reboot, with Forest Whitaker taking on Serling’s role as on-air host, is available for sale at Vudu and iTunes. You can buy 36 episodes from the one-season series for $29.99 SD or $34.99 HD.
The first reboot, which had 65 episodes over three seasons and no on-air host, is unavailable anywhere officially. But ’80s fans can rent The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) for $2.99 from various sources.
HBO Now subscribers can stream Get Out, for which Peele recently won Best First Film honors from the New York Film Critics Circle.
In addition to The Twilight Zone, CBS All Access has also rebooted Star Trek with Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Wife with The Good Fight. The service offers a $9.99 a month, almost commercial-free version, and a $5.99 monthly plan with ads. For more information, visit CBS All Access.
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