New ‘Twilight Zone’ Video Announces That ‘The First Purge”s Gerard McMurray Is Directing


Production on CBS All Access’ reboot of ‘The Twilight Zone’ has begun and to mark the kick-off, a new teaser trailer has been released.  Since filming has only just started, there’s nothing to show from the new series, so the trailer is made up almost entirely of clips from the classic series which, as the video points out, first aired in 1959.

One bit of news, shown by the clapboard from the new iteration, is the name of the first director, Gerard McMurray.  McMurray (above) co-wrote, executive produced and directed the Netflix original film ‘Burning Sands’, a college hazing drama, and directed this summer’s ‘The First Purge’.  Also revealed by the clapboard, Mathias Herndl is serving as director of photography.  He has previously served the same purpose on series like ‘Genius’, ‘Wayward Pines’ and ‘The Witches of East End’.

Check out the retrospective clip below:

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‘The Twilight Zone’ will be executive produced by Simon Kinberg and Jordan Peele.  Kinberg is a long-running producer of Fox’s ‘X-Men’ movies and TV shows, as well as films like ‘Elysium’, ‘The Martian’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, and TV series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and ‘Designated Survivor’.  He is also making his directing debut on the upcoming ‘Dark Phoenix’ (previously titled ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’).

Peele won an Academy Award for his script for ‘Get Out’ which he also directed.  (It was his first film.)  He previously produced his comedy series ‘Key and Peele’, and TBS’ ‘The Last O.G.’ as well as the upcoming ‘Lovecraft Country’ and ‘Weird City’.

Peele will serve as host an narrator of the new ‘Twilight Zone’, replacing Rod Serling who served that capacity in the original series.

Production began on Monday, October 1.  The series is set to premier on CBS All Access in 2019.  If you’d like to prepare before it arrives, all episodes of the classic ‘Twilight Zone’ are available to stream on the service.

Source: Collider

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Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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