An unproduced Rod Serling screenplay is being developed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
The Star Trek Into Darkness director is currently putting together a miniseries based on The Twilight Zone creator’s final script. The project will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.
Abrams reportedly secured the rights to the Rod Serling script The Stops Along the Way from the writer’s wife. Carol Serling said she was thrilled to finally see the story come to life.
“I’m terribly, wonderfully excited that J.J. is interested and going to do it. It was one of my husband’s favorite pieces. He thought it had great potential,” she explained to Variety.
Rod Serling reportedly envisioned the screenplay as a miniseries back in the 70s. Although the writer considered the piece to be a personal favorite, the project was never developed by a studio or network.
Carol has confirmed the deal with J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros., but she isn’t revealing too many details about the script itself. She said the story “takes place over a long period of time” and involves a “a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination.”
J.J. Abrams, who says The Twilight Zone greatly influenced his career, has reportedly been interested in The Stops Along the Way for quite some time. Since the busy filmmaker has so many projects on the table at the moment, it’s unclear when the miniseries will find its way to the small screen.
Rod Serling passed away in 1975 at the age of 50 after suffering a series of heart attacks. Months before his death, he was asked about his favorite screenplays.
“I guess ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’ as old as it is was as honest a piece as I’ve ever done. ‘Tearing Down Tim Reilly’s Bar’ (from ‘Night Gallery;) was one of my favorites. And then one that I just wrote called ‘The Stop Along the Way,’ which is, I think, a lovely script,” he explained.
Are you a fan of Rod Serling? What do you think about J.J. Abrams developing one of the writer’s unproduced scripts?