Looks like The Twilight Zone is going to be getting an interactive movie reboot and Bioshock director Ken Levine is up for the challenge.
In an interview with Wired, Levine opened up about his plans to write and direct an action film based on the cult classic series that was an inspiration to the entire sci-fi genre – The Twilight Zone. When talking about the upcoming project, he was excited about the possibilities concerning the film saying that the reboot will “explore the spaces between movies and games.”
If you’re like me and are a fan of the Bioshock series, then you know that this could potentially be one wild ride. Levine is known for being able to spin an amazing story riddled with abstract thought and surprising twist endings.
But how is this film “interactive”? Levine is teaming up with Interlude to utilise interactive technology that will give the audience the ability to determine what the characters do which would then influence the story.
“Playing my games, you can probably tell Twilight Zone is something I grew up with. 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.”
Interlude is no stranger to the interactive cinematic experience. The Ant-Man commercial featured during the Super Bowl for Coca-Cola with the Hulk – that was made by Interlude. They specialize in interactive media by running two simultaneous video feeds side by side that allows the audience to switch between the two seamlessly.
The move towards an interactive film is a new one for the Bioshock director but given his gaming background, the move makes sense.
“I think of it as the viewer’s angle in the chair. When you watch something, you’re sitting back in the chair. When you’re gaming, you’re leaning forward in the chair. This is an interesting place in between … your brain is forward in the chair.”
I’ll give it to Levine, I’m hooked on the idea. Growing up, The Twilight Zone was a huge influence on my writing style as well as my general world view. Nothing is as it seems, everything can be nothing – nothing can be infinite – everything is nothing and everything at the same time. Make sense? Probably not, but that’s The Twilight Zone in a nutshell and I can’t get enough. Pair that with the writer and director of one of my favourite game series and it is pretty safe to say that I am sold. Given the subjective nature of The Twilight Zone, the idea of an interactive medium is the perfect setup for a reboot.
There are no details at this time for when the film is expected to drop but stay tuned with us over here at DHTG for all the latest details.
So what do you geeks think? Are you as excited for this next step in the sci-fi genre as I am?