'The Twilight Zone' reboot: Why Jordan Peele is the best fit to host and produce the upcoming series
Jordan Peele just confirmed it on Twitter that 'The Twilight Zone' reboot is now officially arriving in 2019 on CBS All Access.
The wholesome bulk of popular TV shows coming back in the form of reboots has been massive this year. From 'Roseanne' to 'Veronica Mars' - everything is being revived either in the form of a show or in the form of a film, and joining the same league is now the highly acclaimed Rod Sterling classic from the 1950s, 'The Twilight Zone.' And jumping in Sterling's spot to both host and produce the show will be Jordan Peele, who offered his fans the first teaser of the upcoming reboot, in the form of a tweet.
The show got greenlit last year and is now officially arriving in 2019 on CBS All Access, as per confirmations by the horror/comedy auteur. And knowing that this comes from the man who gave us the iconic experience in the form of the Academy Award-nominated film, 'Get Out.' Not only did it tread along the lines of surrealism, but it had some heavy potential that has been noticed before in shows like 'The X-Files' and 'Black Mirror.'
In short, Peele just knows what the prospects of surrealism are in modern day TV. and that's what leaves fans of the original 'The Twilight Zone' hanging on the edges with excitement.
For those unaware of the show, the renowned series ran for five seasons between 1959 and 1964 - a time period within which "it managed to rewrite America’s idea of what surrealism in television could be," as The Verge notes. The response that this upcoming revival has received only proves further the immense impact the show has had on the masses over the years.
So automatically, Peele taking over the job of both producing and hosting seems like a stellar chance to witness something big - in this century. Why, you ask? Because this man won the Best Original Screenplay for what happens to be the most surrealist movie of our generation. Just imagine what he could do with a show like 'The Twilight Zone's potential!
Imagine ideas and concepts inspired by Sterling with a dash of the subtle nuances and twists that Peele portrayed in his cinematic masterpiece - 'Get Out.' Think lots of creepy, eerie moments that are somehow funny - but not really if you yourself end up being in the situation. The whole idea is to make it seem borderline funny from a viewers perspective, but offer them a few chills and goosebumps at the same time.
For anybody who has seen 'Get Out' - they know about the extremely spooky scene of Daniel Kaluuya's character getting hypnotized. You want to laugh at him, but you're also spiraling into feeling sorry for him and bein sh*t scared at the same time - because, well - what if that was you?
It's a known fact that no matter what Peele does, it always has this subtle undertone of comedy. So this mingling of Peele's go-to technical parlance with the classic format of the way stories were told on 'The Twilight Zone' seems too good to be true, personally! Check out the teaser here if you aren't convinced yet:
But for those with a little doubt about Peele taking over the reboot, he himself would assure you that he knows what heavy shoes he's about to fill in. “I was terrified,” Peele shared with Variety earlier this year. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip '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.”
As the outlet notes, the call was from co-executive producer Simon Kinberg (Logan). It was around the second time that they were speaking the two realized their joint enthusiasm could actually benefit the project. “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,” he continued. “Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society.”
But speaking about taking over the role from Sterling, Peele also recently told Entertainment Weekly: “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.'”