Upon first hearing the news that The Twilight Zone is getting the dreaded reboot treatment, we were admittedly pretty nervous. Who has the stamina to cross a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity? Who could ever venture into the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge? While Rod Serling will forever remain our Twilight Zone fave, CBS All Access's remake of the classic has officially found a worthy successor: Jordan Peele.
While The Twilight Zone doesn't skew straight horror all the time, we have a feeling the former Key and Peele comedian will be able to expertly nail the show's trademark eerie feel. He's already proved his horror chops tenfold with Get Out, one of this year's best movies, and has another social thriller in the works for 2019.
CBS confirmed Peele's involvement on Dec. 6, revealing that he'll executive produce the new version of the seminal sci-fi series through his company, Monkeypaw, along with Simon Kinberg's Genre Films. On Sept. 20, it was announced that Peele will also serve as host and narrator for the series and Banshee's Greg Yaitanes will be replacing Daredevil's Marco Ramirez as showrunner.
"Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours," Peele said. "I'm honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone."
Peele celebrated the announcement by sharing a teaser for the new series on Twitter. Though it's similar to the classic Twilight Zone intro, the sneak peek is definitely an updated version that gives us a first look at what's to come.
The original Twilight Zone ran for five seasons on CBS between 1959 and 1964, paving the way for future sci-fi and horror shows like Black Mirror. Two attempts to revive the iconic series have been made in the past — first in 1986 on CBS and again in 2002 with Forest Whitaker on UPN — as well as a 1983 feature film, The Twilight Zone: The Movie. Something tells us that with Peele at the helm, this revival will stick.