In interesting and unexpected news, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions has acquired the rights to the final screenplay written by Rod Sterling prior to his death, "The Stops Along The Way." As part of his overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, Abrams will be shopping the script as an event miniseries.
At this point, Abrams exact role in the project beyond shopping it around and (hopefully) securing a deal remains unclear. Little is known about the property in general.
Serling was an accomplished screen writer, including his most famous project "The Twilight Zone" (which just this week was named the third-best written TV series ever by WGA East and West). He also wrote for "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre", "Playhouse 90" and "Kraft Theatre", along with creating and writing episodes of "Night Gallery". On the big screen, he wrote "Planet of the Apes" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight".
Four months before his death 38 years ago, Serling was asked about any scripts he had written that he had a special feeling about.
“I just wrote "The Stops Along the Way", which is, I think, a lovely script,” he said.
Abrams is a busy man in the world of television. In addition to this project, he has four other series that are part of the 2013-2014 television season: "Person of Interest", "Revolution", "Believe" and "Almost Human."