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?
Spend a quarter-century talking about a 90-minute movie and you’ll start running out of new things to say. This was evident at last night’s 25th-anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs, which the Tribeca Film Festival managed to make far more than the standard classic-that-people-will-pay-to-see-gets-brief-theatrical-engagement deal. More, even, than the extended post-screening discussion with Quentin Tarantino, Tim […]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Welcome, one and all, to the newest episode of The Film Stage Show! This week, I am joined by Michael Snydel and Bill Graham. First, we discuss the death of director Jonathan Demme. Then, we talk about the anime film Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream download (right-click and save as…). […]
Latest posts from The Film Stage