The classic 1960's TV series The Outer Limits is being adapted into a new feature film from screenwriters Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan who brought us the Project Greenlight film Feast, as well as Saw IV, V, VI and the upcoming Saw 3D.
One of the most interesting parts about this production is the fact that it's being set up at MGM which is currently having major financial problems, and has recently been shutting down films instead trying to develop them. This is the studio that's shut down, Bond 23, Red Dawn, and is holding The Hobbit back from being made.
Variety reports that the studio made a six figure deal with the writers to bring this film to life. Where is this bankrupt production company getting this funding? Apparently the studio has been quietly developing the project for some time now.
Though the writers contend that the work c ommenced in mid-July, MGM disputes the timeline. A spokesperson for the Lion admits that the scribes were paid just weeks ago but insists that the duo was hired well before the studio's current financial woes began to mount.
It should be interesting to see what happens with this project. Who knows if it will even move past the script writing phase. If The Outer Limits does get made I hope it's good.
Here's the classic TV series intro:
The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. Similar in style to the earlier The Twilight Zone with more science fiction than fantasy stories, The Outer Limitsis an anthology of discrete story episodes, sometimes with a plot twist at the end.
The series was revived in 1995, airing on Showtime from 1995–1999, then on Sci-Fi Channel from 1999 until its cancellation in 2002.
All 49 episodes of the original series are available on Hulu.