Jordan Peele To Host Twilight Zone Revival
The Academy Award winner will be stepping into the iconic series in 2019.
Jordan Peele is stepping into The Twilight Zone, quite literally. This week CBS released an official host announcement featuring the iconic opening spiel by the series' original host Rod Serling.
Remixed into the opening dialogue is Peele, in a move that signals his taking the baton from Serling when CBS revives the series next year as part of their CBS All Access.
Peele has credited The Twilight Zone as a major inspiration in the past, especially when it came to his Oscar-winning film Get Out. When he was approached to fill Serling's role in the reboot he was, as he told Variety, initially hesitant.
"Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling," Peele said, "So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call."
After discussing the project with Simon Kinberg, Peele was wooed into the project saying, "If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow Twilight Zone fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now.
"Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society."
The original anthology series ran for five seasons from '59 to '64 and was revived twice, once in the '80s and once again in 2002.
The series saw Serling approach social topics like racism, war and aspects of human nature and applying a sci-fi/pulp fiction lens to them, as well as telling stories of moral or philosophical quandaries of characters.
More recently, the series Black Mirror has been compared as a technophobic version of The Twilight Zone featuring standalone episodes focusing on society's reliance on technology and the dark paths it may lead us down.
Featured image: Getty / CBS.