Scott Derrickson is quite busy lately. He recently finished work on the upcoming horror flickDeliver Us from Evil, which he wrote and directed, and he just landed a huge gig, signing on to directDoctor Strange for Marvel.
Derrickson is adding another project to his to-do list, re-teaming with his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill to pen the screenplay for an adaptation of the classic sci-fi/horror TV series The Outer Limits for MGM.
The Outer Limits was an anthology series along the same lines as The Twilight Zone that ran from 1963 to 1965 on ABC, and then again from 1995 to 2002 on Showtime and Sci-Fi Channel as a revival of the original.
The episode Derrickson and Cargill will mainly be using in their movie adaptation is titled “Demon with a Glass Hand,” which was written by Harlan Ellison and originally aired in 1964. The episode follows a man from the future with a computerized hand and no memory beyond the last 10 days of his life who’s being hunted by desperate aliens who believe his hand can save their species.
Derrickson will work on the script for The Outer Limits movie while Doctor Strange, which just brought in Jon Spaihts to pen the screenplay, is being developed.
Derrickson and Cargill were also working on an adaptation of the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolutionat one point, but it’s unclear where that project currently stands.
It’s not yet known who MGM has in mind to direct The Outer Limits.