According to Variety, Christopher Nolan, director of one of the best movies made to this date, The Dark Knight, is the top choice for Warner Bros. to direct a Twilight Zone movie. In addition to Nolan, Michael Bay and Alfonso Cuaron are repeatedly being considered. And, unlike the previous incarnation, which had three separate stories and three directors, the new film would have only one story and one director.
As a kid, I know I watched the Twilight Zone, but while it’s a fuzzy memory, I think there were other shows that I also watched that copied the formula. I had no loyalty to Rod Serling’s original series or its subsequent revisions, and all of my memories of the shows come in little flashes of creepy scenes. I remember:
- People who became trees that moved.
- A stopwatch that could stop the entire world and does so on the brink of annihilation.
- Kids with black fingernails who killed everyone.
- A man who tries to stop smoking and they torture his wife.
- A house run by a kid with the power to do anything with his mind.
- A man who goes around the ledge of a building to pay a gambling debt.
- A plane ride with a monster on the wing.
- An evil ventriloquist dummy.
- A toy phone that calls dead people.
- Broken glasses and something about war.
I have no idea if these are from the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, or something else, but they all fascinated me and most of them terrified me. If any director would be able to do the short story format of the Twilight Zone justice and flesh it out into a compelling, interesting, mind-fucking movie, it would be Christopher Nolan. I’ll admit that I never saw Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, but his Harry Potter and Y Tu Mama Tambien were absolutely not enough to make me think that he has what it takes. And we all know what it would be like if Michael Bay were to direct a Twilight Zone movie: