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Brandt to Adapt Twilight Zone Episode

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Talk' started by Robby, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Robby

    Robby The Robot

    Jul 28, 2004
    First-time director Michael Brandt will turn a classic episode of The Twilight Zone by Richard Matheson into a feature length film called Countdown for Summit Entertainment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film "revolves around a group of astronauts who land on a planet only to find a crashed spaceship and corpses that eerily resemble their own. They then must piece together where they are and whether they might in fact already be dead."

    The original episode was entitled Death Ship, and was written by regular TZ writer Richard Matheson, who based it on his own previously published short story. He also wrote the novel I Am Legend.

    THR also says that Brandt is rewriting the screenplay with his writing partner Derek Haas and that it is based on an earlier screenplay by Stephen Gregg and Scott Burn. Brandt and Haas have collaborated on such movies as 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

    Production could begin as early as late summer, and is expected to cost in the $30 million range.

    Do Twilight Zone fans feel any strong feelings about this? I'm still on the fence, myself. On the one hand, you could get worse source material. On the other hand, Hollywood has a tendency to ruin clever ideas. On a third hand, 3:10 to Yuma was a fantastic remake, so maybe Brandt and Haas can be trusted to spruce up 1950s-60s material without spoiling what made it work in the first place. Or did the original episode work? I've never seen it. Opinions needed.

    (Via Filmwad, by David Morgan)
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    Considering the expansive stories told in The Twilight Zone anthology I am surprised that we have not seen more of this already.
  3. painkiller64

    painkiller64 Avoid A Void

    Sep 15, 2006
    i think it will be an awesome movie. i remember the episode 'death ship'. of course i was an tz devotee' , i watched them all at least 10 times each. to make this ep into a full length movie will be a shining star for the twilight zone franchise.
  4. recall

    recall Captain

    Mar 15, 2008
    "To serve man" is wonderfully disturbing, and probably my favorite. I do like them all. The Burgess Meridith (sp) about the avid reader & the broken glasses is second.
    I guess I enjoy dark endings since so many other stories end in beating long odds to be winner/happy/get the girl yada yada.

    I also like the Outer Limits for the same reasons. (Second making of it primarily).
    Sometimes your best efforts/decisions/intentions are less than enough, or flat wrong.

    We can't all be winners, and this needs to be understood to avoid depression. It is good to set your sights high, but realize that settling for less is not defeat, only dying in attempting to be the best without seeing the top of your "curve"...is.

    quack quack, yada yada

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