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‘Twilight Zone’ Gets Rewrite; New Regency Hire Robert Mark Kamen to Pen ‘The Sword’

Posted by , on June 7, 2012 at 9:30 am 

Surprised as I am, it’s been more than six months since any news trickled in on the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced, Matt Reeves-directed reboot of The Twilight Zone; our then-current report announced that Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) would take up rewriting duties. Half a year later? Variety has learned that Joby Harold (All You Need Is Kill) will soon come on to, yes, rewrite whatever got concocted twixt now and then. A perfect circle, in some ways.

This report, sadly, does not provide any greater revelation about the eventual film’s plot. Since it was set up with Warner Bros., we’ve only heard that The Twilight Zone would only tell one story, which would “incorporate multiple themes [and] elements” of the classic TV series — although I’m not fully sure what those might even be. Regardless, this fan of the classic show still wants to know what a modern take can bring to the table. I can only hope all this rewriting will justify the secrecy.

Next up, THR informs us that New Regency, having picked up rights to Stephen Hunter‘s novel The 47th Samurai, will work  with Robert Mark Kamen (The Transporter 1-3, Taken) on their adaptation, titled The Sword. The aforementioned novel follows Bob Lee Swagger, a former marine sent to Tokyo in hopes of recovering a sword his father earned during the Battle of Iwo Jima; the plot, as expected, thickens when it turns out to be “a priceless and historic katana” that has some bad folks on its tail. This mission forces Swagger to enter “a byzantine Japanese culture and the yakuza underworld” and, eventually, take up the ways of the samurai.

The same character was played by Mark Wahlberg in 2007′s Shooter — which was itself based on Hunter‘s Point of Impact — though there’s no indication this would be a follow-up; they might just change the character’s name. It isn’t said when things might really get going, either, but the presence of a writer and super-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura should let it fall together before we’re all old and grey.

Do these constant rewrites make you a little nervous about The Twilight Zone? Will The Sword live up to Shooter‘s legacy?


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