Classic Twilight Zone Episode To Become Feature Film Titled Countdown

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I’m excited about this one because I just saw the classic Twilight Zone episode Death Ship for the first time a few weekends ago on SciFi. The plot concerns a trio of astronauts who land on an alien planet seeking extraterrestrial life, only to find a duplicate of their ship with three corpses inside that look exactly like the explorers! The rest of the episode concerns arguments over whether or not they are seeing the future or just an alien illusion, and whether or not they should stay on the planet and die naturally or take off and perhaps end up like their dopplegangers. It of course ends in a classic pisser TZ ending.

Now DarkHorizons reports that the episode is set to be made into an action-adventure feature film entitled Countdown:

Scribe Michael Brandt will make his directorial debut on the project and will co-write with Derek Haas a new draft of Stephen Gregg and Scott Burn’s original adaptation. Brandt and Haas have worked together before on “3:10 to Yuma,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Wanted.”

Production could begin as early as late summer with a budget in the $30 million range.

Let’s hope this isn’t the second Richard Matheson story to be bastardized into a crappy action film in as many years!

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5 Responses to Classic Twilight Zone Episode To Become Feature Film Titled Countdown

  1. Grundy says:

    I Enjoyed I Am Legend, as an adaptation of the book is wasn’t perfect. But as a post-apocalyptic B-movie, it’s pretty great.

  2. Norma says:

    What episode of Twlight zone was the one about the little minute men that moved everything in the room from second to second?

  3. DeMack says:

    Norma, the Twilight Zone episode is:
    A Matter of Minutes
    Season: 1
    Episode: 38
    First Aired: 1/24/1986

  4. norma says:

    The one i am thinking about i believe was called “the minute men”, but i can’t find it or anything like it. I know it’s not the called “A Matter of Minutes” in 1986 because i remember the characters were dressed say in the 50’s or 60’s styles. It was little things in the house that either moved or were gone. The story was that there are 2 worlds exactly the same, but running a few minutes separate from each other. It’s driving me crazy….anyone help?

  5. norma says:

    It’s not the unusual camera one either, but similar

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