While The Twilight Zone is the latest show to be revived by CBS announced earlier this year, the network recruited Academy Award winner Jordan Peele to be the new voice behind the show.
The series will return to airwaves under the CBS All Access streaming network. It is the latest franchise join fellow science fiction contemporary Star Trek to return on broadcast on the platform. While Star Trek: Discovery is an original show, The Twilight Zone is an anthology series of short stories with a different theme.
The Get Out director and comedian will executive produce along with tacking on hosting and narration duties under his Monkey Paw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films, according to Deadline.
The original series aired from 1959 to 1964 with creator Rod Serling, who also served as host and narrator. While Serling passed in 1975, the legacy of the show made a lasting impact on generations with the two revivals and feature film. The first revival ran from 1985 – 1989 with Robin Ward and Charles Aidman hosting and narrating. The second revival ran from 2002 – 2003 featured Forrest Whitaker handling both duties. The1983 film had Serling and Burgess Meredith in uncredited roles as narrators and included a star-studded cast. Not all the stories were original as a number in the revivals and the film were remakes of the most popular.
Peele is looking forward to the new show.
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours. I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of ‘The Twilight Zone.’”
Production is slated to begin on this third revival in the fall for a 2019 release. The trailer integrates Serling’s original narration and transitions to Peele, who finishes the introduction.
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