Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone isn’t just returning as an anthology-style movie. It was announced this morning that the iconic series is also receiving a stage adaptation.
Olivier-winning director Richard Jones will helm the show adapted by Anne Washburn, reports The Hollywood Reporter. While the notion of adapting The Twilight Zone onto the stage sounds pretty unexpected, Jones is known for a distinct and imaginative style which will no doubt mix with the genre-defining source material in interesting ways. There are currently no details on what kind of story the play will tell, or who’s been cast in the production.
Producer CBS senior vice president of consumer products Veronica Hart says:
“The Twilight Zone was an ingenious mixture of morality tales, fables, and fantasy that are as relevant today as when they first aired. The play allows these powerful stories to be experienced in an entirely new way in order to reach a whole new audience.”
How would you do a stage adaptation of The Twilight Zone? I saw a play on the West End a while back called Ghost Stories that told three separate scary stories through a skeptic narrator who served as a framing device. At the conclusion, he finds himself in his own ghost story. Adapting an anthology series like The Twilight Zone is definitely a tricky task, and I’m really curious about how it will play out.
The production will premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, with previews starting December 5th and limited engagement set to run through January 27th. What do you think about a staged Twilight Zone?
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