Just a few weeks after landing the coveted Doctor Strange directing gig, Scott Derrickson will be tackling the writing duties on a big-screen adaptation of the classic sci-fi series The Outer Limits for MGM, with his Sinister partner C. Robert Cargill. Scott Derrickson confirmed The Hollywood Reporter's story with the following tweet.
The original version of The Outer Limits ran on ABC from 1963 to 1965. Each episode of the anthology series opened with the same cryptic message, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission...." The Outer Limits was also revived in the 1990s on Showtime and the SciFi Channel.
This new feature will be centered on one episode in particular, "Demon With a Glass Hand", written by sci-fi legend Harlan Ellison. The episode starred Robert Culp as a man who wakes up with no memory beyond the past 10 days, with a computerized left hand that helps him escape from an alien race, who believe he is the key to survival.
Mark Victor is producing through his Mark Victor Productions company. Scott Derrickson, a longtime fan of The Outer Limits, and C. Robert Cargill will work on the script while Scott Derrickson prepares to direct Doctor Strange, which just brought on writer Jon Spaihts yesterday.