Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Matt Damon May Tackle The Great Wall
He's considering Zhang Yimou's epic
The Maze Runner Sequel Has A Release Date
Prepare for Scorch Trials in 2015
Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa
A new true-life story
New Red Band Trailer For The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco are on a mission
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Considering Oliver Stone's Latest
He may play Edward Snowden
The Maze Runner Sprints To The Top Of The US Box Office
A Walk Among The Tombstones strolls in second
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
20 September 2014
New Interstellar Poster Lands
UPDATE: See all the posters so far
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Tarzan
01 June 2016
Interstellar
07 November 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Pain & Gain
Empire Star Rating
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Side By Side (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Could Nolan Enter The Twilight Zone?
He's on Warners' wishlist

03 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Could Nolan Enter The Twilight Zone?

Now that Warner Bros. is pushing ahead with its new cinematic take on classic anthology series The Twilight Zone, the studio is looking to recruit some top-notch talent to direct the thing, throwing out feelers to the likes of Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Bay, David Yates and Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt.

But unlike the 1983 film, they wouldn’t all be contributing a segment: the plan this time around is to focus on a single storyline with one man in charge. Now the question is which of the names on the shortlist (if any, given the changeable nature of directing assignments) will hoist the megaphone.

While Nolan is Warners’ big pal given his work on the Bat-trilogy and Inception, he’s also more likely to stick to his own plans unless the idea of venturing into the Zone appeals to him. There’s also the issue, as pointed out by Variety, of Inception already having seemed like it leaked from Rod Serling’s imagination.

Bay’s obviously got the chops to handle a big film, and it would present something of a fresh challenge for him to balance his spectacle-loving impulses with a script that promises to be a little more thoughtful than his usual fodder. But he’s also been trying to shift gears after the run of Transformers movies, and might instead stick to making bodybuilding black comedy Pain and Gain.

Cuaron’s busy editing sci-fi drama Gravity, but could be available. He’s also a solid choice for the mixture of the fantastic and the ordinary that is at the core of the Zone. As for Yates, he’s the Potter veteran with a shot and Wyatt is naturally on every studio’s radar after his simian success.

It remains to be seen who finally grabs the gig. Leonardo DiCaprio’s producing and Jason Rothenberg has written the most recent draft of the script. While the plot’s wrapped in secrecy, it does apparently touch on some of the themes from the original series. So... morality, surprise and the thin line between reality and fiction, then?


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

DJ Caruso Rounds Up The Goats
And finds a young duo to star...
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

I don't get it. The Twilight Zone doesn't have consistency. The stories changed week to week along with the themes and the cast. How can you make a Twilight Zone film without it being like the old one? And isn't that a more enticing prospect? A few short films by brilliant regarded directors? Unless they're planning the Twilight Zone as a franchise banner headline. If that's the case however, what's to stop the studio that owns the rights just using that as an umbrella title to hard sci-fi/horro More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 15:00 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
contemporary director is suited to the Twilight Zone then it's Nolan. We shall see, but would be a great meeting of subject and vision. More

Posted by JIm R at 10:46 on 04 October 2011 | Report This Post

Nolan or Michael Bay...Hmmm....I wonder which the more popular choice will be lol...Can't wait for The dark Knight Rises! More

Posted by Cyberleader at 23:53 on 03 October 2011 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)