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J.J. Abrams Adapting 'Twilight Zone' Writer's Last Unproduced Script

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June 5, 2013

Rod Serling

With Star Trek Into Darkness completed and in theaters, the next big project for J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions banner is Star Wars: Episode VII. But as has always been the case, the company has plenty of other projects brewing as well. Variety has word on one of those future projects with news that Bad Robot has locked down a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, writer and host of the classic "The Twilight Zone" series, to adapt The Stops Along the Way, the final completed work of Serling before he passed away in 1975. Carol Serling says, "I’m terribly, wonderfully excited that J.J. is interested and going to do it."

However, this adaptation is intended for the small screen with the project being shopped around as a limited series. Normally we don't dive into television too much, but the prospect of Abrams adapting the last unproduced work of Rod Serling is just too good to pass up. Carol Serling added, "It was one of my husband’s favorite pieces. He thought it had great potential.” However, she wouldn't divulge any plot specifics only saying that it had “a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination” and that it “takes place over a long period of time.”

But again, Abrams, who has cited "The Twilight Zone" as one of the larger influences of his career, taking on Serling's work is enough to get us excited. It's not clear if Abrams would direct the first episode of the limited series, or if he will just act as an executive producer, but the project is still in the nascent stages of development, so we've got some time to kill before any solid details surface. On a related note, we still wish Abrams would get to work on a new version of "The Twilight Zone," especially after series like "Lost" and "Fringe" were clearly inspired by the sci-fi/horror anthology show. Thoughts?

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  • avconsumer2
    Huh. Interesting!
  • Brian Sleider
    Twilight Zone, now with 100% more lens flair and shaky cam. Seriously though could be good.
  • Nielsen700
    Does J.J. need to do have his dirty paws in every property ever?
  • Me Again
    J.J. the fat kid in the candy store if I'd ever seen one. But in not complaining, this has been siting on the shelf since 1975, seeing any work from Rod come to fruition is a blessing. He's a sci-fi legend! He earns such merritt on Twilight Zone alone, not to mention Planet of the Apes. I think it would be genius on JJ's part if the filmed the new series in black and white and made it take place in the 50's. I think that would be awesome. But please let someone else direct the pilot since you should be busy with Ep 7 for the next few years. Produce away but don't direct
  • cobrazombie
    JJ LENS FLARES.
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    Sweet This sounds great.

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