The classic 1960s TV horror anthology The Outer Limits famously began with “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission.”
Now, the series is returning—not to your television set, but to movie screens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister and is lined up to direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange, has signed on to write a feature film based on the TV series with his Sinister co-writer, C. Robert Cargill.
Derrickson and Cargill’s script will focus on one episode of the series, which ran from 1963 to 1965: “Demon With a Glass Hand.” The episode, written by Harlan Ellison, follows a man with no memory beyond the last 10 days of his life as he is hunted by an alien race. The man’s robotic hand leads him through the chase, though the plot quickly twists as he comes to terms with more horrifying truths.
The Outer Limits was revived on Showtime and the Sci-Fi channel (now known as Syfy) in the late 1990s. Derrickson is a big fan, and has said that he prefers it over The Twilight Zone.