Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone Begins Production
The upcoming CBS All-Access revival has official begun production.
By Chris Morse
Earlier this week marked the official beginning of production on Jordan Peele's upcoming The Twilight Zone revival for CBS All Access. The above video was released to commemorate the occasion after principal photography began on Monday, October 1st in Vancouver, Canada. The announcement video serves as a key milestone in the development of the new series, once again teasing executive producer Jordan Peele's role as host in the show, filling the shoes of the legendary Rod Serling.
Another more subtle tease in the announcement trailer comes at the end in the shot of the clapperboard, revealing that Gerard McMurray is on set as director for the beginning of this. You may know McMurray from his work as director of The First Purge. The series will likely feature a number of different directors but it remains to be seen if Peele will take the director's chair for any of the season's ten episodes.
Peele previously spoke about the weight of taking on this series and why he was reluctant to follow in the footsteps of Serling when he was asked to help bring this to life. You can read those comments below if you happened to miss them from earlier posts.
I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip "Twilight Zone" off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.
The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission. If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow "Twilight Zone" fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.
The Twilight Zone is set to hit CBS All-Access sometime in 2019 as production on its 10-episode first season begins. We’ll have more on the series over the next few months here on Dead Entertainment.