At this point, it would probably be easier to report on the pop-cultural mainstays that aren’t being rebooted, but at least one of those many reinventions has some innovation involved.
CBS is teaming up with the interactive-video specialists at Interlude to revive Twilight Zone as some sort of TV show/video game hybrid. The choose-your-own-adventure-style series will allow viewers—or is it players?—to “step in and become a part of the story,” and to “change and adapt the story based on what he or she feels,” creators told The Wrap. “As with all other Interlude videos, viewers can return repeatedly and have a different viewing experience each time.”
BioShock series creator Ken Levine will write and direct the reboot. “Playing my games, you can probably tell Twilight Zone is something I grew up with,” Levine told Wired. “They speak to a larger truth. They’re morality plays, fables, and often they’re about a character who is going through an experience that’s central to their life but also speaks to a larger part of the human condition.”
CBS has yet to reveal how the interactive reboot will be distributed, but chances are it will end up on the network’s digital platform, CBS All Access. If this new take on the Twilight Zone is anything like Interlude’s mind-blowing interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” we are in for some amazement.