“Good evening, and welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way, not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspended in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”
Amidst the plethora of reboots, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery has been reimagined by none other than Jeff Davis, the creator of Teen Wolf. Davis also created the hit CBS series Criminal Minds. David Janollari will also be a producer of the series, and is known for his cult-classic Midnight, Texas. According to Deadline, Syfy has confirmed the order of this reimagining amid the announcement of the The Twilight Zone reboot, which will be hosted by Jordan Peele (Get Out). There was much competition over the show, but Syfy was able to claim the rights, and it will be co-produced by Universal TV and Universal Cable Prods.
The original Night Gallery series was a follow-up to the Twilight Zone, also hosted by Rod Serling. In the original series, Rod Serling would unveil a painting featuring the episode of that evening. It aired on NBC from 1969-1973, and featured up and coming actors and directors, such as Steven Spielberg, who directed part of the pilot episode, and Joan Crawford, who starred in it. Guillermo del Toro also claimed he was greatly influenced by the show.
Just like the original, the reboot will feature morality tales in nightmarish form with a twisted irony, but with a modern touch. Night Gallery differed from Twilight Zone in that it focused more on horror and the macabre than on science fiction. With the growing popularity of the Black Mirror series, which has often been compared to a modern Twilight Zone, it can be questioned how these reboots might differ. However, it seems that the reboot will keep the same episodes and modify the with a modern twist rather than create new episodes in the vein of the original series. In addition, the reboot also might gain a much-needed fanbase that wasn’t present when the original series aired.
Deadline originally reported on the story.