J.J. Abrams is adding yet another TV project to his producorial docket via his production company Bad Robot, but this time it involves a rather precious property. THR reports that Bad Robot has acquired the rights to The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling’s final unproduced screenplay The Stops Along the Way, and the company plans to develop the property as a potential miniseries. Abrams will is shopping the adaptation as an event miniseries, though the nature of his involvement with the project is unknown at this time. Furthermore, specific plot details regarding The Stops Along the Way are being kept firmly under wraps.
Abrams hasn’t actively written or directed anything on TV since 2010 when he wrote two episodes of Undercovers, and given that he’s certainly got his hands full with Star Wars at the moment one imagines he’ll just be producing The Stops Along the Way. The event series marks yet another addition to the resurgence of the miniseries form of storytelling, with a limited series run of 24 on the horizon in addition to a number of other miniseries set up at FX.
Wall Street co-writer Stanley Weiser is set to script a biopic about The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling for Andrew Meieran and his Bureau of Moving Pictures. Serling fought as a paratrooper and a member of the demolition squad during World War II and the horrors that he witnessed would influence the twisted sci-fi horror he would become famous for. While Seinfeld joked that all episodes of The Twilight Zone were simply that the protagonist was the same and everything else was different, the show still managed to work in thoughtful social and moral commentary. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” was a comment on the prejudice and mass hysteria caused by the Red Scare and the grotesqeries of “The Masks” was a parable about vanity. Serling also co-wrote the adaptation of Planet of the Apes, a film that proudly wears its social commentary on its damn, dirty sleeve.
Serling died in 1975 at the age of 50 from heart disease caused by chain-smoking his entire adult life. Deadline reports that his widow Carol Serling will co-produce the film. Weiser recently wrapped filming on his directorial debut Highland Park starring Danny Glover, Parker Posey and Billy Burke.
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