Jordan Peele will host and narrate The Twilight Zone, the reimagining of the classic anthology series the Get Out director is producing for CBS All Access.
Announced in November as the revival's executive producer, Peele will now take the role originated in 1959 by Rod Serling, and continued by Charles Aidman, Robin Ward and Forest Whitaker, acting as a one-man Greek chorus for the stories of the macabre and the unknown, while interacting with the audience.
"Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” Peel said in a statement. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.” Peele himself also shared this news on Twitter, with a tweet containing the trailer for the new series.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) September 20, 2018
Created by Serling, the original Twilight Zone series aired for five seasons on CBS, and inspired a 1983 film adaptation that featured segments directed by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante. There have been two other television revivals, in 1985 and 2002, as well as a syndicated radio series.
Production for the new series is set to start in the fall for a 2019 release.