Oscar winner Jordan Peele has been announced as the host of the upcoming reboot of The Twilight Zone, which is heading to CBS All Access. Peele, who came from the comedy realm with sketch series Key and Peele and transitioned to a standout filmmaker with his feature debut as director and writer, Get Out, will be serving as host, narrator and an executive producer.
The new series is being described as “a modern reimagining” of the original series that lasted 5 seasons from 1959 to 1964, with creator Rod Serling on board as host and narrator. The anthology series told stories of characters in disturbing or unusual events, often in the sci-fi or paranormal realms. The reboot will continue the original’s “socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times.”
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele 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.”
The new Twilight Zone series is heading into production in the next few months with a plan to hit CBS All Access in 2019. CBS confirmed in August that the streaming service would be arriving in Australia by the end of the year.