One of TV's most iconic shows — 'The Twilight Zone' — is about to make a return and helming the reboot as narrator, host, and director will be the comedic genius, Jordan Peele. As surprising as the news might sound, Peele has already proven his excellence in the genre with his Oscar-winning film, 'Get Out', a praise he has garnered even in early reviews of his upcoming surrealistic horror, 'Us'. And by the looks of the most recently released trailer by 'The Twilight Zone' reboot's official Twitter handle, things are going to be every bit as thrilling as Rod Serling's original from the 1950s.
In a new blast from the past, Peele's latest teaser of the reboot begins with the same old iconic opening track of Serling's original, but that isn't the only similarity the new clip shares with the original.
In Serling's signature style where he would announce that the viewer was stepping into a whole new and fifth dimension, Peele invites us along the same lines, but there's also a vibe of warning in there somewhere, as he reveals that we have reached The Twilight Zone, in a video captioned "Join us, why don't you?"
Join us, won't you? #TheTwilightZone pic.twitter.com/csKgOHjKAB— The Twilight Zone (@TheTwilightZone) March 17, 2019
"You're traveling through another dimension," warns the host as he is seated in what appears to be a café. The ominous music which was the title track of the original, and has been hinted to be the same for the reboot, plays in the background as we zoom in on Peele, and he invites us further.
"There's a signpost up ahead: 'The Twilight Zone'," he says before fading out. True, this teaser hasn't been as revealing as the past trailers of the reboot, but it still has the ability to send chills down the spine so as an audience, you know what to expect.
For those unaware, the original version of 'The Twilight Zone', much like the rebooted one, was an anthology horror with elements of science fiction, supernatural, and surrealism sprinkled in rather than the bloody, gory side of horror that we are more accustomed to seeing on screen. The reason why fans have been more thrilled about the reboot is because of the person in charge of the show, and his recent emergence as a horror auteur.
𝗦𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗻 for maximum hype! 🔈 #TheTwilightZone pic.twitter.com/VGQHEQ7wCb— The Twilight Zone (@TheTwilightZone) March 16, 2019
Surprisingly enough, Peele wasn't so sure about helming the project the first time around, as he has shared in a past interview. "I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip 'The Twilight Zone' off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call."
Luckily for fans of both him and the series alike, he added that "The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission.
If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow 'Twilight Zone' fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society."
The 5th dimension is awaiting your arrival. 🌀#TheTwilightZone premieres April 1, only on @CBSAllAccess. https://t.co/2CmHhdwTm8 pic.twitter.com/4K0VqHfSWh— The Twilight Zone (@TheTwilightZone) March 11, 2019
Alongside Jordan Peele as the host, the cast of 'The Twilight Zone' will also feature Adam Scott, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Steven Yeun, DeWanda Wise, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sanaa Lathan, Tracy Morgan, Greg Kinnear, Zazie Beetz, Betty Gabriel, Seth Rogen, and many more. The show begins streaming on CBS All Access on April 1.