By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 5, 2013 at 3:35PM
J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner has finalized a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, sci-fi screenwriter and "Twilight Zone" host, to develop a series based on Serling's unproduced screenplay, "The Stops Along the Way." The script is reportedly the writer's final completed work before his death in 1975. The few bits of gleaned information on it, via Serling's widow, describe it as "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination... [it] takes place over a long period of time."
TV sensation-turned-big screen director Abrams, whose "Star Trek Into Darkness" is currently in theaters and who has the next "Star Wars" installment looming, has long cited "The Twilight Zone" as a chief inspiration.
Serling's teleplays for the show are considered highlights in its five-year run from 1959 to 1964; his Playhouse 90 works, including "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "A Town Has Turned to Dust" and "The Comedian," are lauded as television triumphs. He also takes credit for co-penning the 1968 classic "Planet of the Apes."