Well, that was too good to be true. After Warner Bros. reportedly had a shortlist for their upcoming Twilight Zone feature film that included Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, Rupert Wyatt and David Yates, they’ve now landed on their choice. And it isn’t any of them.
Deadline reports that Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves has been selected and is expected to sign on and finish the deal next week. Scripted by Jason Rothenberg and Rand Ravich, the film have one storyline and director, unlike the 1983 version with parts helmed by Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller.
The “a big science fiction action movie” is said to incorporate multiple themes from the original Rod Sterling TV show, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way producing.
This is one of a handful of major projects Reeves has recently been attached to. He is developing the vampire film The Passage and an adaptation of Ray Nelson‘s sci-fi short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning. There is also his Frankenstein movie The Dark Endeavor and The Invisible Woman. But it looks like Twilight is his priority now and he is a fitting choice. The sci-fi elements of Cloverfield were exhilarating and although it felt like he was going through the motions with his Let The Right One In remake, he still has a great directorial sense.
Production on The Twilight Zone is expected to begin next summer.