Scott Derrickson is going to be a busy guy. Two weeks ago he was hired by Marvel to direct their upcoming Doctor Strange film and now Heat Vision is reporting that he and his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill will be taking on scripting duties for MGM’s planned Outer Limits film.
While the original Outer Limits television series from the 1960s was a weekly anthology show, the film will not be a collection of short stories in the way that the 1983 Twilight Zone film was. Instead, it will be adapting one of the show’s most iconic episodes, “Demon With A Glass Hand.” Written by science-fiction author Harlan Ellison, “Demon” tells the story of an amnesiac soldier from the future with a computerized hand being hunted by aliens.
Like he did with the news of his landing the Doctor Strange directorial gig, Derrickson confirmed the news on twitter.
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 19, 2014
Conceivably, Derrickson and Cargill will be working on this while Jon Spaihts gets to work on the Doctor Strange script.
While some viewed Outer Limits as a Twilight Zone knock off, I think that sells the series short. As the underdog, it took more chance with its stories, and they always seem to have a more off-kilter sensibility to them than the more moralistic stories on Twilight Zone. If this proves to be a hit for MGM, they do have a treasure trove of great stories to mine for a potential franchise. And may I suggest the episode “The Zanti Misfits” for the first sequel?