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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.”

These are the immortal words of one Rod Serling, the creator of the legendary Twilight Zone series, whose episodes often serviced as cautionary tales or fables that sparked the imaginations of filmmakers worldwide in the decades since their release. Serling is a person who we know in relation to The Twilight Zone, but often don’t think of too much outside of that context.

A report from Production Weekly indicated that Donnie Darko and Southland Tales helmer Richard Kelly would be taking on a Rod Serling biopic as his next project. LRM Online can independently verify that this is indeed the case. He will be serving as both writer and director of the film.

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This currently-untitled film will be his first directorial effort since 2009’s The Box. Admittedly, ever since Donnie Darko, Kelly hasn’t had much in terms of cult or mainstream luck with his projects. They tend to be ambitious in nature, but also tend not to be received too incredibly well by audiences.

If nothing else, his movies are truly unique, and I imagine that what we’d get with the Rod Serling biopic would likely skew a bit into the weird, fantastical, and mentally deranged, like a lot of his other works. 

What do you think of Richard Kelly tackling a Rod Serling biopic? Let us know your thoughts down below! Also, take a look at our extensive interview with him a couple of years back.

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SOURCE: Production Weekly

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.