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Doo Dee Doo Doo, Doo Dee Doo Doo

by Tippi Blevins July 25, 2008 12:19 pm
Doo Dee Doo Doo, Doo Dee Doo Doo Cue the distinctive strains of the Twilight Zone theme! According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Warner Bros. and Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way are in the early stages of seeking material for a feature take on one or more episodes from the classic TV series." They mean the classic classic series with the smooth intros from writer and Zone mastermind Rod Serling, and not the more recent attempts to revive the show for TV. Nor are they "seeking to remake an episodic movie," referring to the 1983 film that comprised four separate stories and made me a just little bit scared of ambulance drivers. And Dan Aykroyd. And Creedence Clearwater Revival.

According to the article, the studio and DiCaprio are "quietly putting out word to creators that they are looking for pitches and script ideas based on the show for feature development." I don't know how "quiet" things will be now that it's in the trades. I think DiCaprio and associates may suddenly find themselves swept away by a deluge of crappy knock-offs and wannabe creepy stories. The submission guidelines for several science fiction magazines specifically bar "Twilight Zone-type stories" because it's so easy to pen a bad one. Apparently, the original series is DiCaprio's favorite show, but by the end of the process he may wish he could meet the same fate as Henry Bermis in "Time Enough at Last," with his glasses broken at his feet, unable to read another word ever again.

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