'Twilight Zone' Reboot in the Works for CBS All Access

The latest classic TV series getting the reboot treatment on the CBS All Access streaming service will be The Twilight Zone, joining the currently airing Star Trek: Discovery. The announcement was made by CBS exec Leslie Moonves during the network's earnings call. Marvel's The Defenders and Sons of Anarchy showrunner Marco Ramirez is reportedly attached to help develop the project.

The original series debuted in 1959 and ran until 1964, exploring tales of horror and science fiction in a serialized format. The episodes often included a surprising twist ending or tale of morality for its lead character. The upcoming series would be the third attempt at a revival, with attempts airing in the mid-'80s and early '00s. Additionally, the series inspired a film adaptation that brought together Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and John Landis.

The Rod Serling-created series helped pave the way for other serialized horror shows, such as Tales from the Darkside, Amazing Stories, and Tales from the Crypt.

Beginning last year, details emerged of M. Night Shyamalan's efforts to bring a new incarnation of Tales from the Crypt to life to TNT, but news broke earlier this year that the series would be put on hold indefinitely.

“It’s been fun with lawyers, it’s been really fun,” Turner chief creative officer Kevin Reilly detailed of the holdup. “We did not know from the get-go or else we would not have announced it and made a big deal out of it. But in fact there were rights. It is among the most — if not the most — complicated rights structure I’ve ever seen in my career, and we had no idea as we got into it. It became a nightmare. So we said, ‘Fine.’ If and when this gets cleaned up, we’ll revisit."

Last month, details surfaced about a new attempt at an Amazing Stories reboot with Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller at the helm. The project has reportedly gotten close to making a deal with Apple to develop that series.

“We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming, and can’t think of a better property than Spielberg’s beloved Amazing Stories franchise with the genius of Bryan Fuller at the helm and more exciting creative partnerships to come,” President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke shared of the prospect.


Thanks to the success of series like American Horror Story and The Exorcist, there's still a large desire for audiences to check out horror series, with Shyamalan's Tales from the Crypt reboot now leaving a big hole in the anthology arena.

(h/t Deadline)