After mulling over a number of directors for the gig (which reportedly included Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Michael Bay), Warner Bros. has settled on Let Me In director Matt Reeves to helm their new Twilight Zone film. Deadline reports that negotiations are set to get underway next week, with the intention of getting things moving quickly in order to star production by next summer. Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) wrote the script, which will be “one big science fiction action movie with a single freestanding story that is linked to the original series mainly in that it shares that familiarly eerie feel.” The single story angle is unlike the previous 1983 feature film iteration of the TV series, which was an anthology comprised of multiple segments with different directors (including Steven Spielberg and John Landis).
Reeves’ 2010 horror film Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish flick Let the Right One In, drew some high praise both as a remake and as a standalone pic. In my opinion, he’s a fine choice to take on the sci-fi update, and I’m excited to see what he’ll he has in store for the mind-bending material. Hit the jump for a rundown of the many projects that Reeves currently has in development.
While Twilight Zone is sure to be a priority for the director, Reeves actually has quite a few projects in various stages of development at the moment. He’s set to direct an adaptation of Kenneth Oppel’s novel This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. Jacob Aaron Estes (The Details) wrote the script for the Frankenstein prequel, which finds a young Victor Frankenstein on a mission to find a mysterious alchemist and create the Elixir of Life in order to save his twin brother’s life.
Reeves is also poised to helm an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s novel The Passage, which takes place in the future where a government attempt to cure cancer turns people into vampires. Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) was tapped to perform a rewrite on the script this past June. Additionally, Reeves has been writing (and plans to direct) a sci-fi film based on Ray Nelson’s short story 8 O’Clock in the Morning about a man who wakes up and realizes that aliens are controlling our daily lives. There’s no word on where these projects stand at the moment, but the latter sounds like a Twilight Zone pic unto itself.