The Outer Limits movie gets a new lease on life

The Outer Limits

A sci-fi television classic is getting closer to the big screen.

The Outer Limits, the anthology series that first aired in the early 1960s and was revived in the late 1990s, is back on the development track at MGM, four years after the project was first announced.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill will write a brand-new script for the movie. If Derrickson's name rings a bell, that's probably because he just landed the gig as director of Marvel's Doctor Strange.

He and Cargill co-wrote the creepy Sinister, which Derrickson also directed, and the upcoming Sinister 2, while Derrickson's Deliver Us From Evil, which he directed and co-wrote, comes out on July 2.

Their screenplay for The Outer Limits will apparently be an adaptation of what many consider the series' finest episode, "Demon With a Glass Hand." The original, which was written by the great Harlan Ellison, starred Robert Culp as a man who only remembers the last 10 days of his life, has a mysterious computerized hand and is being pursued by alien agents from the future.

Derrickson -- who pretty much revealed the news himself on his Twitter feed -- is a fan of the original show, which ran for just two seasons on ABC from 1963 to 1965 and is remembered for its surreal monsters, moody visual style and cerebral approach. The revival aired on both Showtime and The Sci-Fi Channel from 1995 to 2002. 

"Demon With a Glass Hand" is a tale that could actually translate quite nicely to the big screen -- it's one of the best single hours of sci-fi TV ever aired -- and I hope that Derrickson and Cargill try to capture some of the Gothic sensibility of the original series, which was lacking in the revival (the original segment is below for your viewing pleasure, via Collider).

Would you like to see The Outer Limits make it to the movies? Is "Demon With a Glass Hand" the right story to tell? 


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