Now, Deadline reports that writer Jason Rothenberg may be about to take us there again. The original TV series was an anthology series (created by Rod Serling) mixing fantasy, sci-fi. horror and suspense elements, often with a last-minute twist. The 1983 film, itself an anthology as well, called on the services of such high-calibre directors as Joe Dante, George Miller, John Landis and Steven Spielberg but was overshadowed by the death on set of Vic Morrow and two child actors during a scene involving a helicopter.
It is anticipated that, as with the 1983 film, some of the original stories from the TV series will be used for the new film, but there is little further information to hand right now, other than that Warner Bros are producing the film, with Leonardo Di Caprio’s production company, Appian Way.
In related news, the relatively unknown Rothenberg seems to have nabbed himself a pretty plum writing deal. Deadline go on to report that he is adapting The Forbin Project for Universal and Imagine Entertainment, a remake of the 1970 sci-fi film Collosus: The Forbin Project about the world’s first sentient computer and the genius who through it gains power over the whole world. Will Smith is due to star, with Ron Howard directing.
As always, we’ll bring you more news on these when we can.