Scott Derrickson, the man who gave us recent horror classics Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and has Deliver Us From Evil due for release shortly, and is about to direct Dr Strange for Marvel, is a busy man! He has now added another big job to his resume as he has signed on the write the movie adaptation of The Outer Limits for MGM.
Derrickson is writing the “Outer Limits” script with “Sinister” co-writer C. Robert Cargill. Reports Variety:
MGM has spent four years trying to make a movie version of “Outer Limits.” The sci-fi TV series aired from 1963 to 1965 on ABC, with a reboot airing from 1995 to 2002 on Showtime. In 2010, while it was seeking a buyer, MGM hired writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to write an adaptation.
Mark Victor is producing the latest version of “Outer Limits” with Derrickson and Cargill focusing on Harlan Ellison’s “Demon With a Glass Hand” episode. That segment aired in 1964 and centered on a man with a computerized hand and no memory of the previous 10 days who discovers he’s from the future and being hunted by aliens.
Derrickson and Cargill will incorporate time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation into their story.
The original series, regarded as one of the best of its kind, would always begin with the following message:
“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits.”
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 19, 2014