Ken Levine has not been in the news much since Irrational Games was restructured and downsized in 2014 by parent Take-Two Interactive. He has been working on various projects within Take-Two, but nothing has officially been revealed for awhile. But that isn't keeping Levine from planning a trip to the Twilight Zone.
The man behind the BioShock series has revealed that he will be writing and directing an interactive film based on the old Rod Serling TV show from the early 1960s, according to Wired. “Playing my games, you can probably tell Twilight Zone is something I grew up with,” he told the magazine. “They speak to a larger truth. They’re morality plays, fables, and often they’re about a character who is going through an experience that’s central to their life but also speaks to a larger part of the human condition. I don’t think Serling, at the beginning, set out to be a science-fiction writer. But he found that this is a great medium to do metaphor.”
The film will use the interactive technology from the company Interlude, which has done a variety of innovative commercials. The company was founded by Israeli muscian Yoni Block, and has recently added former Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem and Her Story creator Sam Barlow to its team.
Levine said that he will continue work on his projects at Take-Two and work on this as a side project. He was intrigued because Bloch mentioned the idea of a Twilight Zone project. “What am I going to say? No?” he joked.
The project is still in its early stages, but Levine said he is encouraged by what has come out of the partnership so far. “We’ve done a rough outline of what we want to do and now we’re stepping into the writing process, figuring out how to leverage the interactive element to make a narrative tale feel more personal for the viewer, and make them more engaged.”
But Levine is keeping his thought processes pretty close to the vest: “Telling you how I’m going to do it would kind of spoil it.”