J.J. Abrams Adapting 'Twilight Zone' Writer's Last Unproduced Script
by Ethan Anderton
June 5, 2013
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?