Warner Bros. has quietly been developing a Twilight Zone movie for quite some time now and news has just hit that director, Matt Reeves, has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. This is sad news because not only was Reeves the perfect fit for such a movie but he’s a fantastic horror director which is exactly what The Twilight Zone needs. Reeves is best known for Cloverfield and his extremely underrated remake, Let Me In, with Chloe Moretz.
Like I said, the screenplay for the film has been in development for years so there’s a good chance that you didn’t even know this film was happening. In case you’re out of the loop; the producers are planning on making the film one big continuing story line base on one or more episodes rather than just remaking an episodic movie like the one from 25 years ago.
Before Reeves was ever attached there was a short list of directors that WB was interested in giving the reins to. That list consisted of Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception), Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and Rupert Wyatt (Planet of the Apes). That’s a pretty impressive line-up but not nearly as awesome as the short list that 20th Century Fox has for possible directors for their upcoming sequel, Dawn of The Planet of The Apes, now that Rupert Wyatt has decided to pass it along.
On that list we have the newly added Matt Reeves (coincidence?), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim), Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Week’s Later), and Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) among others.
Wyatt dropped out of Apes because he felt uncomfortable with the May 23, 2014 release date that the studio had previously announced. Like Reeves dropping out of The Twilight Zone it’s pretty disappointing to see a completely capable and talented directed like Wyatt leaving a project that suited him so well. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a surprise hit and I was looking forward to seeing where Wyatt planned on taking the sequel.
These short lists are essentially just a “wish list” for the studio’s because let’s be honest, del Toro directing the next Apes film by 2014 seems completely ridiculous because that man has so much on his plate already that I can’t imagine he’d be able to find the time (how cool would that be though?).
It is a bit of a coincidence that Reeves and Wyatt would not only drop out of their respected films on the same day, but end up on the other’s short list. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of these two films in the near future.