Ken Levine is still doing something with the new Irrational Games, but in the meantime, the director of Bioshock and BioShock Infinite is dipping into film next. According to Wired, Levine will be updating Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone with a new interactive live-action project.
"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. I don't think [Rod] Serling, at the beginning, set out to be a science-fiction writer. But he found that this is a great medium to do metaphor."
Levine called the Twilight Zone film a "side project". He's working with interactive video startup Interlude on the project. Interlude founder Yoni Bloch reportedly offered Twilight Zone to Levine with the stipulation that he'd write and direct the feature.
"We've done a rough outline of what we want to do and now we're stepping into the writing process, figuring out how to leverage the interactive element to make a narrative tale feel more personal for the viewer, and make them more engaged," said Levine. "Interactivity is a spectrum, it's not binary. 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."
In the end, Levine hopes that the new Twilight Zone will "explore the spaces between movies and games." No release date has been given for the project, but the Wrap reports that the new series will be for CBS.
If you're looking for something similar to the original Twilight Zone while we wait, there's BBC's The Black Mirror on Netflix. The anthology series covers the intersection of modern society and technology, with 2 three-episode seasons and one special so far. A twelve-episode third season is currently being developed by Netflix directly.
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