THE TWILIGHT ZONE gets a 21st century makeover

I’m a fan of traditional storytelling. Let the author create the structure of the story, and let the reader fill in the details—the stuff between the words—with their own imagination. But CBS has added a new wrinkle to this formula.

In it’s upcoming reboot of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, BioShock creator Ken Levine is turning the classic sci-fi series interactive, according to a report filed earlier today by Joan E. Solsman at The Wrap.

The digital video company behind the technology, Interlude, has previously created interactive videos that play more like games, and the intent is to bring that same kind of interactivity to the tv series created by Rod Serling in 1959.


The original 1959 series title screen.

The new series will have a Choose-Your-Own Adventure-type feel, so the nostalgia factor for me is doubled. I was reading those children’s classics by Edward Packard, R.A. Montgomery, and a host of others about the same time I discovered THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Levine, who has no previous connection to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, will write and direct the pilot episode, but that’s okay, given that the last of the original TWILIGHT ZONE writers, Earl Hamner, passed away March 24, 2016 at the age of 92.

So maybe it’s time to revisit this classic series with new writers and a new spin on the established formula. One thing’s for sure—it’ll help me kill time until the Leonardo DiCaprio movie reboot gets made by Warner Bros. And they’ve been talking about that since at least 2008.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

2 Responses to “THE TWILIGHT ZONE gets a 21st century makeover”

  1. Karen Larsen Says:

    So are you going to try to get in the writing stable?

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