Magazine article Variety

A Slice of Selling's Legacy Lands in Abrams' Hands

Magazine article Variety

A Slice of Selling's Legacy Lands in Abrams' Hands

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IN THE ZONE

e's the captain of Star Wars and Star Trek. He's got four primetime series on deck for next season, two of them frosh launches. And in his spare time, J.J. Abrams is fielding all manner of other feature and digital projects. So it stands to reason he'd take on the job of breathing new life into the work of another showbiz icon, Rod Serling.

Abrams' Bad Robot banner has struck a deal with Serling's widow, Carol, to develop an event series based on an unproduced screenplay, The Stops Along the Way, by the renowned scribe and Twilight Zone host. The property will be shopped to TV outlets as a limited series.

"I'm terribly, wonderfully excited that J.J. is going to do it," Carol Serling said. "It was one of my husband's favorite pieces. He thought it had great potential."

Rod Serling envisioned Stops Along the Way as a miniseries when he wrote it in the early 1970s. Carol Serling would only say it involves "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination" and that it takes place over a long period of time. …

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