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They Just Announced A New Twilight Zone Movie, So Here Are 7 Strange But True Facts About The Classic Series

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Sci-fi fans aren't exactly starved for big budget movies and TV shows like they were in the 1960s, but fans of the spooky, strange and otherworldly will still be happy to know that The Twilight Zone is making a comeback.

The show, which originally ran from 1959-1964, was a smash hit that went on to run in syndication for decades. The series has been revived twice, and had a big-budget film adaptation in 1983 - which is sadly most famous for the awful on-set accident.

Now, a new movie is in the works with Christine Lavaf, one of the writers behind the TV show Fringe, attached to write the script. Leonardo DiCaprio is also attached to the film as a producer. To celebrate this good news, we've journeyed to the fifth dimension to bring back these 7 shocking facts about the original show.

1. Rod Serling was a very hard worker

The show's creator - who you'll recognize from his famously trippy opening monologues - was also the showrunner and lead writer during Twilight Zone's early seasons. He wrote a staggering 94 episodes, at a pace so fast he had to dictate his scripts to a tape recorder so his secretary could write them up.

Maybe it's not surprising that the stress (and smoking) caught up with Serling, who died when he was just 50.

2. The show re-used actors...a lot

If you watched the show obsessively, you would notice a few familiar faces. Actors Jack Klugman and Burgess Meredith (the original Penguin on Batman) each played 4 different characters. In total, 5 actors managed to appear in every season of the original show, so keep your eyes peeled the next time you tune in.

Meredith in the classic episode "Time Enough at Last."Dispophobia / IndieGogo

3. Look out for a few stars

Along with actors like Robert Redford and Burt Reynolds making early appearances, multiple cast members from Star Trek appeared on the show. Of course William Shatner was in the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," but Leonard Nimoy (who played Spock) also made an appearance.

George Takei, who played Sulu, was one of the stars of "The Encounter," Twilight Zone's infamous banned episode.

Keep reading to learn more about the banned episode!

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