There have been three Twilight Zone TV series, a feature film, a magazine, comic books and all kinds of other stuff. But there has never been a movie about its creator Rod Serling—until now.
Deadline reports that a production company called Bureau of Moving Pictures has acquired the rights to make a film about the life of Serling, who created The Twilight Zone, wrote the bulk of the original series' episodes, and hosted the show for five seasons. Serling's widow Carol is on board as a producer, while Stanley Weiser, who co-wrote the film Wall Street, will tackle the script.
Serling lived a full life even before The Twilight Zone. He saw plenty of action during World War II as a paratrooper and demolition expert, battling the Japanese in the Phillipines. His experiences during wartime would become an integral part of his later writing and he often clashed with network execs over the anti-war themes in his stories. After the war, he started writing for radio and then TV, eventually selling the Twilight Zone concept to CBS and becoming a household name with the pioneering sci-fi/fantasy anthology show.
Among the 92 Twilight Zone segments he wrote (out of 156) were such classics as "Time Enough at Last," "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street," "The Obsolete Man," "The Midnight Sun" and "To Serve Man" (based on a short story by Damon Knight).
Serling also co-wrote the screenplay for the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, and in 1970 launched Night Gallery, another anthology series that focused more on horror and the occult. That one lasted three seasons. A chain-smoker to the end, Serling died of a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 50.
Bureau of Moving Pictures head Andrew Meieran said, "Rod Serling was one of the true visionaries in television history. He single-handedly broke the mold and established television as a powerful artistic medium capable of changing the world when used wisely." We couldn't agree more.
Would you like to see a movie about the life of this sci-fi giant? Who do you think should play him?