In case you missed it, it was announced a few days back that Adam Scott (Party Down, Step Brothers) was joining the cast of Get Out director Jordan Peele‘s new take on The Twilight Zone coming to CBS All Access.
But what’s more exciting is the episode of the anthology Scott will be starring in, which is titled “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” If that name sounds familiar, it’s because one of the best known episodes of the original Twilight Zone was titled “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” So it appears that this new show will present its own version of the classic segment.
Adam Scott is the latest cast member to enter the fifth dimension, joining the CBS All Access original series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Scott will star in the episode â€œNightmare at 30,000 Feet.â€ CBS All Access previously announced that Jordan Peele will host and narrate the series and actress Sanaa Lathan will star in the episode â€œRewind.â€
Scott is an award-winning actor, director and producer best known for his roles as Ben Wyatt in NBCâ€™s â€œParks and Recreation,â€ Henry Pollard in the Starz sitcom â€œParty Downâ€ and Derek in the comedy film â€œStep Brothers.â€ Other television credits include â€œBig Little Lies,â€ â€œThe Good Placeâ€ and â€œGhosted.â€ In film, Scott has appeared in such projects as the upcoming â€œLittle Evil,â€ â€œBlack Mass,â€ â€œMy Blind Brother,â€ â€œFlower,â€ â€œThe Disaster Artist,â€ â€œKrampus,â€ â€œOur Idiot Brother,â€ â€œFriends with Kids,â€ â€œA.C.O.D.,â€ â€œHot Tub Time Machine 2,â€ â€œSleeping with Other People,â€ â€œThe Guilt Trip,â€ â€œBachelorette,â€ â€œLeap Year,â€ â€œKnocked Up,â€ â€œMonster-in-Lawâ€ and â€œThe Aviator.â€ He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in â€œThe Vicious Kind.â€ Scott was also nominated for a Best First Feature Independent Spirit Award and won the GLAAD Media Award for â€œOther People,â€ which he produced. He has starred in and produced the films â€œThe Overnightâ€ and â€œFun Mom Dinnerâ€ through his company Gettinâ€™ Rad Productions. That company also produced Scottâ€™s mockumentary TV special, â€œThe Greatest Event in Television History.â€
THE TWILIGHT ZONE is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peeleâ€™s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinbergâ€™s Genre Films. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.
The original â€œThe Twilight Zoneâ€ premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS. The series took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. â€œThe Twilight Zoneâ€ became a worldwide phenomenon as it used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. It was a journey into a wondrous land of imagination for five years on CBS, from 1959-1964. The godfather of sci-fi series, the show explored humanityâ€™s hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. Every episode of the original series is available to stream now on CBS All Access.
“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” was an adaptation of I Am Legend author Richard Matheson’s short story of the same name. It appeared in the 123rd episode of the show, which aired in October of 1963. It starred William Shatner, a few years before be became Captain Kirk on Star Trek, as a man on a plane who sees a creature on the wing. The Omen, Superman, The Goonies, and Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner helmed the episode.
This wouldn’t be the first time it’s been remade, however. 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie, featured a new take on the story from Mad Max director George Miller and starring John Lithgow in the role Shatner played. It effectively scared the crap out of me as a tiny human…though not as much as the “You wanna see something really scary” scene did.
Below you’ll find a recently released video to mark the start of production. It includes a brief peek at the original “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”