'Twilight Zone' To Return As Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Style Show
The Twilight Zone, so it's said, may be found somewhere "between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge." But when the classic sci-fi gets rebooted, it'll be as an interactive program that's somewhere between television and video games.
The Twilight Zone debuted on CBS in 1959, but will soon return as an interactive series in which the audience plays a key role. The revamp comes from Interlude, an interactive media company, and the pilot will be written and directed by game creator Ken Levine, who is best known for the BioShock series.
Each episode will allow the viewer to make choices that will change the story as it progresses, and as such, each episode can be consumed multiple times with several different outcomes. Interlude has quite a few examples of such works on their website. In Surviving Scream, you try to make it through a trope-y slasher in which a deranged killer armed with a knife has broken into your home. In another, you search for Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World's "little black book" by navigating through a lavish masquerade ball.
Levine told Wired that he grew up with The Twilight Zone, which he believes you can probably surmise by playing his games. BioShock, for instance, takes place in an underwater world in the 1960s ravaged by brutality and classism. A major part of the story involves sea slugs that can create a genetic material that allows one to give themselves superpowers.
He said his The Twilight Zone episode will have elements of both watching television and playing a video game.
"I think of it as the viewer's angle in the chair," he said. "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."
Levine has stated via Twitter that the show is a side project for him, while he remains committed to his gaming work.