Jordan Peele has been on a serious roll since his directorial debut Get Out took off like Jesse Owens at the starting block. Not too long ago he announced his next feature film will be another sociopolitical horror film called Us starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and, most horrifying of all, active Scientologist Elisabeth Moss. It was also announced that his production company Monkeypaw would be producing a reboot of the mind-fucking classic The Twilight Zone. Now Jordan’s just announced that he’s also going to be stepping into Rod Serling’s loafers and hosting it as well!
Here’s the teaser trailer for The Twilight Zone hosted and narrated by Jordan.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) September 20, 2018
Dammit, I’m excited for this. And I hardly ever get excited about anything that doesn’t involve Tom Hardy doing a sweaty accent. But, according to Variety, there’s always something to dampen the mood. The new TTZ will be premiering on CBS All Access, and I ain’t paying for that shit. It’s infuriating because CBS All Access also airs one of my favorite shows The Good Fight which I had to jump through many questionable hoops to watch. How dare they hide Christine Baranski and DelRoy Lindo behind a paywall!
Jordan’s vision for the new TTZ is one that pays careful tribute to the original but that also embraces the endless possibilities for a show about the nightmare that is the human condition, especially in #thesetryingtimes. When he first got involved in the show, Jordan said:
“The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission,” Peele said at the time. “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.”
So if Britain gets Black Mirror, is ours going to be a carnival fun house mirror where society looks at itself and sees a distorted nightmare only to find out later that it was just a regular mirror all along? Jesus this show is going to be dark. But there’s no release date yet, and maybe 2019 will be the year the mirror cracked.