Warner Bros. is still looking to develop a film based on Rod Serling's iconic series The Twilight Zone. The screenplay was recently re-written by Jobey Jarrold from a script previously written by Jason Rothenberg and Anthony Peckham. Matt Reeves was attached to direct it at one point but dropped out to develop Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for FOX.
As of right now, the movie is directorless. It was previously revealed that the movie wasn't going to be an anthology like the first one made in the 80's. This one will tell one story that incorporates Twilight Zone elements. Thanks to Vulture we've got some information on what the movie will be about. "It follows a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late."
So the film has a time travel element which fits right in with a few of Serling's Twilight Zone episodes. Hell, Twilight Zone made time travel cool! Some of those episodes include No Time Like the Past, The Last Flight, A Hundred Yards Over the Rim, The Odyssey of Flight 33, and Walking Distance.
This movie sounds like it could be influenced by The Last Flight which follows a World War I British biplane fighter pilot named Terry Decker who lands at an American air force base in France 42 years in the future when there are jets. The pilot had strayed from his squadron and one of the members turns out to be the Air Vice Marshall of the base, Alexander Mackaye. Everyone is surprised when the Mackaye called him by his nickname. The pilot realizes he can gain a second chance to save his squadron, so he ends up flying back in time to do so. It is later discovered that he succeeded, at the cost of his own life.
It sounds to me like the movie was definitely inspired by this episode, but the outcome of the movie might turn out different. What are your thoughts on the plot of the Twilight Zone movie?
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