TWILIGHT ZONE Episode, “DEATH SHIP”, Set For Feature-Length Remake
Summit Pictures going forward with a feature-length version of TWILIGHT ZONE episode "DEATH SHIP" with writer Michael Brandt ("3:10 TO YUMA") making his directorial debut. (According to The Hollywood Reporter)
"DEATH SHIP" was one of many "TWILIGHT ZONE" episodes penned by Richard Matheson, whose works are undergoing something of a remake renaissance most succesfully with 2007’s "I AM LEGEND".
"DEATH SHIP" involved a spaceship crew finding a exact duplicate of their ship crashed on a planet they have been exploring.
The feature will be titled "COUNTDOWN" and will be co-written by Derek Haas from an earlier screenplay by Stephen Gregg and Scott Burn. They are hoping to begin production this summer with a $30 million budget.
Interestingly Richard Kelly ("DONNIE DARKO") has recently completed a remake of Matheson’s "BUTTON, BUTTON" episode of "TWILIGHT ZONE" (from CBS’s mid-80’s revival of the series) titled, "THE BOX".